We petition the government not to remove the statutory entitlement to work-related learning at Key Stage 4
THIS PETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Following the Wolf Review of Vocational Education, the government has announced plans to end the statutory entitlement to work-related learning (WRL) for all 14-16 year olds in England. With youth unemployment at record levels, we believe this decision is wrong. We said so in our response to the government consultation.
SIGN our petition today and say ’I AGREE WITH IEBE’
WRL means young people learn about work, for work and through work. It takes place in the classroom, through projects and in the workplace. It helps them:
- See how knowledge learned at school is used at work
- Develop vital employability skills
- Decide on courses post-16
- Find out about jobs and careers
Young people, teachers and employers want more WRL, not less
Ipsos Mori found that:
’91% of Year 11 students believe learning interview techniques would be helpful for them, but less than half say they have done this at school.’
And in a recent YouGov survey:
‘Just 1% of teachers said there was too much employer involvement at their school, compared with 59% who said there was too little.’
At the same time, the CBI says:
‘Over 70% of employers want to see the development of employability skills among young people at school and college made a top priority.’
Changing the law would put young people’s employability at risk
An almost exclusive focus on student performance in ‘traditional’ qualifications means WRL in schools is already under pressure. Many may see a change in the law as a reason to cut back even further.
If you want WRL to remain a protected part of the school curriculum show your support.