A year of transition in post-compulsory education and training

Alastair Thomson

in Social Policy Review 20

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420763
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303473 | DOI:
A year of transition in post-compulsory education and training

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This chapter provides a necessary selective account of development in the field of post-compulsory education and training. It focuses on England, reflecting on the decentralized nature of policy in this area within the UK. The central theme of the chapter is to assess the impact of the so-called ‘Year of the Leitch’ and the major review into the long-term skills needs of the UK. It outlines the main elements of this key report and provides a critique and analysis of its impact. The chapter first focuses on the written and spoken words of legislators and their officials rather than the voices of the learners and their teachers. Second, it focuses on the majority of the UK's population, who are adults rather than children. Third, it gives attention not only on the education and training of the elites but also on the changes that have implications on the lives of people who had gained the least from their initial education. The chapter ends by suggesting that despite the hope for a workforce with world-class skills, over the past year seven hundred learners have been lost to publicly funded adult education.

Keywords: post-compulsory education; training; England; policy; Year of the Leitch; long-term skills needs; workforce

Chapter.  7812 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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