A recent report from the National Foundation for Education Research describes how technical and vocational education could be improved, and suggests how we might achieve this. What can we learn from it?
The importance of technical and vocational education has been the subject of much recent commentary. Bodies such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Association of Colleges (AoC) have long called for improvements in these important areas of education and training, citing fears that to neglect them would place Britain’s productivity and competitiveness at risk globally.
But what technical education should look like has been open to debate. To date, there has been little research on what form it should take and there has been a tendency to define it within the context of vocational learning, rather than as a distinct entity.