Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Twigging a basic error

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg released a statement saying plenty of sensible things about how young people are not benefiting from the growth in apprenticeships. Alas, the effect was somewhat spoiled when it came to detailing how Mr Twigg would be marking the week.

A note to reporters said that he was visiting Appleton Academy, a school sponsored by Bradford College, as part of Apprenticeship Week. There was only one problem: there are no apprentices at Appleton Academy.

That should have been obvious to Labour's team: after all, if you're in school, you can't also be in work and learning on the job.

But, for the avoidance of doubt, the school only launched its post-16 provision last academic year and detailed all the subjects it offers: Btecs in science and sport, along with A levels in English literature, maths, IT, business, design, geography, history, RE, law and psychology. No apprenticeships.

FErret hopes that this does not mark a precedent for Mr Twigg, or else by October he will be celebrating Black History Month at a British National Party rally. …

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