Young people today have a range of options for what they could do when they leave school.
What would you like to see your child or grandchild do when they leave school? Why do you think that’s the best option?
My child fits into the academic route perfectly via engineering so we have no worries.
What I would like to see so that all students have the opportunities they need are:
Removal of the fixation on attainment school league tables so schools will put on none-academic course for 6th form as schools are the places where students get more pastoral care and so give better help to those students who struggle.
A focus on approprite entries into industries so that students do not go the expensive university route when is it not appropriate to their career path. My view is that any university degree course that teaches for 3 days or less a week is not a degree course and is just a way for the university to make money.
Apprentiships are the way for this sort of skill. We need a much better focus on good quality apprentiships.
Many Adult Colleges have and are being supported by Government grants to make Students without qualifications get into Uni's once there
they just waste their time, and do not get a worthy qualification! Next is that they tend to feel to important for low skilled work!
I would want my child to be able to identify what they enjoy doing and learning about by the time they leave school. I would also want them to be informed on the industries they are interested in working in and where to get training that they can stay excited about. nowadays it is quite easy to find out the qualifications and career paths needed to get to your dream job, when i was at school this was not the case. We should encourage school leavers to spend time researching jobs and education options
I hope that my grandchildren will have the opportunities to follow their interests and skills and to be able to take chances without fear of huge future repercussions. It's important that this should be made possible regardless of their gender, disability or any other unfair block on a young person reaching their potential and dream. However, I get so fed up hearing that schools are not preparing their pupils sufficiently well enough to make their way in the world; when governments stop changing the goal posts, curricula, assessments and monitoring systems (which are really done to justify their own 'finger on the pulse' measures) maybe the public might see how hard teachers work and care about their students, often to the extent that they burn themselves out and leave the profession within their first five years of teaching.
Thanks everyone for your views so far.
What are the challenges that young people face when they leave school?