16th May 2013

Germany leads the way in attitudes to careers

16th May 2013

There’s only one word for a trade, profession or career in German. That covers everything from car mechanic to brain surgeon. That word is Beruf. Its root “rufen” – to call, the same word also implies vocation or calling, in fact it applies to any job. Head of teaching union ASCL, Brian Lightman, draws on […]

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26th March 2013

Schools told to narrow gap between rich and poor

26th March 2013

Schools in England will no longer be rated as “outstanding” by inspectors if they fail to close the attainment gap between poor and affluent children. Schools Minister David Laws said schools should not be relying on their brightest pupils to score well in inspections and league tables. Read the full BBC story.

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13th March 2013

76% graduates uninformed about ‘other options’

13th March 2013

According to a poll of 1,774 people who graduated in the last two years, 76% said they were not informed about the alternatives to university before leaving school. Of these, more than half (54%) said they would have picked an Apprenticeship or vocational training route instead of their degree had had they received better information. […]

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7th February 2013

Postgraduate study an obstacle to social mobility

7th February 2013

The cost of postgraduate study is an extra obstacle to social mobility. A new Sutton Trust study says if students need postgraduate degrees for a tough jobs market, poor students should not be priced out. “Postgraduate study is becoming increasingly the preserve of the better off student, both from home and abroad” concludes Sir Peter […]

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5th February 2013

Angry young men from ‘squeezed middle’ lack optimism

5th February 2013

A study of youth attitudes has raised concerns about young men in the “squeezed middle” who are deeply pessimistic about their future chances. Among these young men – from families of skilled or semi-skilled workers – more than two-thirds never expect to own their own home. This identification of a distinctive group of aggrieved young […]

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8th January 2013

ICAEW urges accountants to engage with young people

8th January 2013

Michael Izza, CEO of ICAEW, urges accountants everywhere to engage with young people in state schools via the Education and Employers Taskforce’s free, national volunteering programme Inspiring the Future. Read the full Michael Izza article

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