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

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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, for the 'less able' and the disengaged. However, both pupils and parents express positive views about the scheme and as many as 90 per cent of IFP learners continued their studies after 16. These responses have been critically analysed, suggesting that asking disaffected school pupils if they like getting out of school is likely to record a positive response no matter what the scheme. The chapter then examines the consequences of releasing 14 year olds for one day per week from school work, asking if such a scheme meets the long-term needs of struggling 14-16-year-old learners - particularly those with basic skills needs or behavioural problems. The chapter concludes by arguing that the early evidence suggests that some disaffected 14-16 year olds do benefit in the short term. However, for others this is not the appropriate route and may not serve the long-term interests of many in this age group.

Published introduction.

The book from which this chapter is taken is indexed at TD/TNC 100.51. Individual chapters are indexed from TD/TNC 100.52 to TD/TNC 100.244.

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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, ...  [+] 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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Book Title: International handbook of education for the changing world of work: bridging academic and vocational learning / edited by Rupert Maclean and David N. Wilson.

Pages: pp. 2343-2356

ISBN: 9781402052804; 9781402052811 (online)

Resource type: Book chapter

Call Number:
TD/TNC 100.206



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