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Too much pressure placed on pupils to go to university, say teachers

Two-thirds of teachers believe there is too much emphasis on pupils getting a degree at a traditional university, according to independent education foundation Edge.

A survey of more than 1,000 teachers and FE lecturers also reveals 39 per cent feel their institutions still offer too little practical and vocational learning.

“Teachers know large parts of the system are too academically biased, they recognise a balanced approach is better and they are tellingly concerned that local businesses have insufficient involvement in pupils’ learning in schools,” says Edge’s chief executive, Andy Powell.

Although 59 per cent of teachers believe practical and vocational learning often leads to a good career, they also recognise their knowledge of the qualifications available falls short when compared to their understanding of academic routes.

Mr Powell adds: “We support the teachers’ views. There are many paths to success and we need a richer education with more real-world learning opportunities for young people.  Change is beginning to happen, but things are moving too slowly. This generation will be working in a global economy and will have to deal with extraordinary challenges – we have to ensure they are properly equipped.”

(Pictured: Edge chief executive Andy Powell)

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