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Studio schools on the rise?

11 April 2013

The Government has approved a further 14 studio schools, which are set to open from September 2014 and join the 16 studio schools which are currently open.

Studio schools cater for 14 to 19 year olds and are backed by national and local employers in a bid to equip school leavers with the relevant skill-set which employers demand. The aim is to mix academic studies with work-based training similar to that of University Technical Colleges but with less emphasis on technical training.

Employers and the media repeatedly complain about the dearth of skills amongst school leavers and the cost of the remedial action which is required to correct this. It is too early to say whether the Government has found a solution to these concerns or whether, as critics complain, children are being forced to make unnecessary, career defining decisions at a much too early age.

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