Education Reforms: Tomlinson Praised, but There Are Doubters
'If we are to meet the needs and aspirations of all young people, we must develop, improve and raise the status of vocational education.
Vocational learning can be highly motivational, help young people to see the relevance of their study and offer real routes for progression.'
Mike Tomlinson, former chief inspector of schools who led the inquiry into the 14-19 curriculum reformn
'Tomlinson sets out a clear vision of where he wants to get, but business will be wanting to see how the Government plans to get there. The CBI cannot yet give a green light to these proposals.' John Cridland, deputy director general of employers' lobby group, the CBIn
'We absolutely welcome this. The key issues for us are that we need to redouble our efforts to build new partnerships between schools and colleges and other providers because the only way Tomlinson's vision is going to be realised is through a very different relationship between institutions. No one will be able to deliver that breadth alone.'
David Cragg, executive director for the Birmingham and Solihull Learning and Skills Council responsible for all post-16 education outside universitiesn n 'Tomlinson's proposals are not specific enough for us to make a judgment. …