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Government Seals Approval of New Studio Schools

Academic journal article Manager

Government Seals Approval of New Studio Schools

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The Government confirmed the opening Autumn 2012 of a further 15 employer-backed 'Studio' schools over the summer - a key initiaitive in its drive to ensure all pupils leave education equipped with the practical skills businesses now need to prosper.

For pupils aged 14-19, the schools will offer a wide range of qualifications (including GCSEs and A levels) but there will be differences in the way that subjects are taught.

For example, all subjects are taught through assigned projects, which are often designed in consultation with employers, and schools typically have longer days and shorter holidays to reflect the reality of the working day and instill the importance of punctuality in business. A 'personal coach' also replicates the supportive role of the line manager that pupils would go on to encounter in the workplace.

In addition students also carry out work placements, initially for four hours a week, but increasing to two days a week after age 16 - and for which they are paid. In general the modified working pattern is designed to facilitate the development of the business and organisational skills that local employers are specifically looking for in their workforce. …

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