I actually still have both sets of print outs at the bottom of a cupboard somewhere, along with my Egg and Spoon race certificate.
When I taught CDT I had ten years of steelworking experience.
One of the most common things we asked in school were "when will we need this in real life after we leave school?" - especially algebra and trigonometry in Maths.
If you are a programmer, algebra helps understand the concept of variables IMO (did for me). Also other logic based stuff to some degree.
Trigonometry, ask an engineer. :)
But how do vocational skills and qualifications stand up when it comes to league tables of A*-C grades?Quote:
A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said: “The Business Secretary was echoing concerns from industry about the need to improve the quality of careers advice in schools. He was making the point that teachers have an important role in making sure their pupils are aware of all options available to them to help them build a career. For some this may be via a graduate route but for others a vocational skill or qualification is more appropriate.”
School: "Our pupils leave school with real potential to become outstanding mechanics, plumbers, fabricators, hairdressers, builders and joiners."
Government: "But how many achieved 10 or me A*-C grades at GCSE and A level?"
The whole of the curriculum emphasis has been on achieving measurable academic targets for years. Labour even set a target for 50% of school leavers to attend university. Now Vince Cable slams teachers (not schools or LEAs!) for focussing on academia and not providing enough vocational advice. I'm not being funny, but how is a French teacher, for example, supposed to give advice to someone who wants to be a bricklayer?
Tres bien, @X-13. Plus amusant. :laugh:
witch. I also think that quality vocational education and training should be more widely available way before the age of 18. By this point, many students will have become disenfranchised from education because of the academic emphasis. We also need a dedicated quality careers advice service rather than having the Business Secretary slagging off teachers for not knowing everything about everything.