14-16 year olds taking vocational courses in English colleges: a dumping ground for the disengaged or a real alternative?

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Author: Lucas, Norman

Abstract:

This chapter focuses on the large influx in 2005 of approximately 120,000 14-16 year olds entering English further education (FE) colleges to pursue vocational qualifications. The chapter argues that, although there have been ad hoc arrangements in the past, the Increased Flexibility Programme (IFP) introduced in 2002 represents the first initiative by the British Government to bring about partnerships between schools and colleges. The evidence suggests that the scheme is overwhelmingly intended for those 'not doing well' at school and that vocational qualifications are seen, yet again,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Participation; Providers of education and training; Secondary education; Vocational education and training; Youth

Keywords: College; Youth at risk

Geographic subjects: Europe; England; Great Britain

Published: Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2009

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Pages: pp. 2343-2356

ISBN: 9781402052804; 9781402052811 (online)

Resource type: Book chapter

Call number: TD/TNC 100.206

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