27th January 2016

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been reported as saying she is considering introducing a change in the law to force schools to give equal weight to technical and academic careers options in information advice and guidance.

The Independent on Sunday said that Mrs Morgan could bring forward legislation to ensure that technical colleges and companies providing apprenticeships get into schools to give careers advice to pupils.

The new law would aim to help end the perception that non-academic routes are “second best”, the newspaper said this followed concern within the Government that some schools were failing to present technical and professional options on an equal footing to university.

The article in the Independent on Sunday said that Ministers believed some schools were unwilling to recommend apprenticeships or other technical and professional routes to any but the lowest-achieving pupils – effectively creating a two-tier system of careers advice.

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