"Professor Wolf's conclusions seem to support the Government's thinking on many of these issues.
"However, we welcome the flexibility which she wishes to introduce into the vocational curriculum, so that schools and colleges can tailor provision to match the needs of students rather than the needs of performance tables, funding agreements or prescribed curriculum requirements.
"However, we are wary of the suggestion that vocational achievements should be excluded from performance measures and that such measures should remain linked to a restricted number of, largely, GCSE subjects. This would appear to undermine the parity of esteem between vocational and academic subjects which Professor Wolf purports to favour, and we support.
"We welcome the recognition of the critical role played by further education colleges in vocational education from 14+, and support the strengthening of the legal rights of colleges in this area and the recommendation that QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills) should be recognised in schools. The inclusion of professional staff with dual qualifications in both teaching and vocational specialisms is pivotal to the effective delivery and success of vocational education in schools, colleges and the workplace.
"With the imminent prospect of the participation age being raised to 18, now is the time to ensure that proper provision is made for the majority of learners for whom a narrow academic approach is neither suitable nor relevant. We cannot afford to retain a form of compulsory education in which the majority of learners find no realistic purpose."
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