School Leaders Summit 2014

The Future of Education

October 16th 2014 | London

Interviews and features

Former BIS committee chairman: skills shortage needs sorting

How can the UK nurture a new generation of engineers and scientists? Peter Luff MP examines the case for starting with schools, ahead of his new bill on careers information

The UK has a real and worrying shortage of young engineers and scientists – but this is not a new discovery. During my five years as Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee in the last Parliament, and during my two-and-and-half years as a defence minister in this one, the concern that was expressed to me time and time again by manufacturing and technology companies was that there just weren't enough apprentice and graduate engineers to meet demand.

The last ever national curriculum?

Pupils reading

According to James O’Shaughnessy, the end could be nigh for centrally-devised education edicts. David Cameron’s former Director of Policy speaks to Westminster Briefing ahead of his appearance at the School Leaders Summit.

Another week, another set of headline education reforms to digest. The pace of policy-making may not be universally welcomed by the schools that restructured GCSEs and Ofsted recommendations are meant to support, but you suspect it might receive wholehearted backing from a former Tory strategist. Fortunately, James O'Shaughnessy doesn't deal in platitudes.

Andrew Adonis: It's time to master apprenticeships

Lord Adonis

As a former education minister, Andrew Adonis knows more than most when it comes to teaching the workforce of tomorrow. Ahead of his appearance at the School Leaders Summit, the pioneer of the academy school programme talks to Westminster Briefing about developing young people’s skills.

Given the fashion for describing the UK economy using vernacular more readily associated with hospitals, some wags might argue that apprenticeships are really just a sticking plaster when it comes to leaving the ‘intensive care’ of recession. It’s safe to say that Andrew Adonis thinks differently.

Education reform: what next for vocational qualifications?

Pupils in a classroom

Mark Dawe, CEO of OCR, outlines the timetable and impact of major reforms to vocational qualifications.

The forthcoming major reforms to GCSEs and A Levels have been widely discussed and publicised in the press, media and on social networks. Less high profile, but of considerable importance, are the Government’s parallel reforms of vocational education.