Independent schools must ’embrace vocational courses’, says headmaster

The Telegraph is reporting that an independent school head has warned independent schools are failing to promote vocational qualifications and should give them equal prominence to A-levels.

According to Magnus Bashaarat, vocational qualifications are “highly rated” by universities, but many parents remain “in the dark” about the pathways that BTECs open up for learners…

Writing for the Telegraph, the head of Milton Abbey School, Dorset, said that the sector needed to “embrace the potential of vocational learning” to make sure pupils weren’t left behind following changing demands of employers.

“Vocational qualifications are highly rated by universities and employers but are overlooked and misunderstood by independent schools and parents,” he wrote. “The time has come to give them equal prominence alongside A-levels and the IB.”…

According to recent figures from Ucas, over a quarter of English students accepted to university in 2015 held at least one BTEC (Business and Technician Education Council) in their qualification set, while business leaders have spoken in support of vocational study…

He said that independent school heads were often fearful of introducing vocational qualifications as they could be perceived to be “dumbing down” their offering… it was up to independent schools to educate parents about the paths open to pupils through vocational studies…

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See Magnus Bashaarat’s article in full from the Telegraph at: ‘Independent schools must give BTECs equal prominence to A-levels ‘

 

We’ve heard this accusation about independent schools and vocational qualifications before, but with articles like this, might the tide be starting to turn?

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