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Technical qualifications: dropping the set text

The media has missed a trick, but at least we've avoided a photo-op of Cameron wielding a saw

By Emran Mian  

Who said what to whom?

Matt Hancock, Skills Minister, informed Parliament by way of a written statement that the government was introducing two new types of technical qualifications for 14 to 19 year olds. From September 2015, new Technical Awards will sit alongside GCSEs for 14 to 16 year olds. At the same time, Substantial Vocational Qualifications will be introduced for students aged 16 to 19.

What does it mean?

The main objective of the new awards is for them to be more rigorous than what preceded them, e.g. the government has briefed that future woodwork courses will require students…

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