NASUWT: Changes to vocational qualifications are “reckless”

Commenting on the Coalition Government’s cutting of vocational qualifications that count towards school GCSE performance tables, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:

“All young people should be entitled to be able to access high quality vocational provision but this is not what today’s announcement is about.

“The Government’s intention is to privilege the academic over the vocational courses and to remove any notion of parity of esteem, in pursuit of its elitist approach to educational provision.

“Thousands of young people who have worked hard for their qualifications are now having their worth publically questioned.

“When faced with spiraling youth unemployment, this announcement from is the last thing they need to hear.

“Changes of this scale, in the absence of any detailed review of the courses, are reckless. They will disenfranchise thousands of young people, remove qualifications employers value, narrow the school curriculum even more and lead to disaffection among pupils.”


Stuart Gannon
NASUWT Press Office

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