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Christian teaching alliance welcomes plans to reform post-16 education and training in England

The Independent School Christian Alliance has welcomed the government's plans to reform post-16 education and training in England.

Earlier this week, the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced a £65 million package to continue the overhaul of vocational training in England. According to Mr Williamson, the proposals aim to put an end to the misconception that a degree is the only route to success.

Speaking to Premier, Ron Skelton, Headteacher of Broadway Academy Trust and a member of the Independent Schools Christian Alliance, said the reforms are “very inspirational”.

“I think with teenagers thinking 'Well, actually what can I do?', it offers them lifelong bursaries, so people are always able to retrain. In many ways, it's a welcome piece of news in what is a quite bleak landscape.”

The new measures would give employers a crucial role in designing technical courses by 2030 to ensure that training is linked to the skills that are actually needed.

Although Mr Skelton agrees with the principle, he believes the government can't just throw money at the issue and insisted there’s a need for a well-placed structure.

“As always with these things, the key will be how it’s implemented and rolled out,” he said.

Mr Skelton thinks the new plans will help many aspects of well-being for young people who “thrive” when working and learning new technical skills. He thinks the overhaul will help to combat mental health issues and other problems in society such as drug misuse and dependency.

“Students need our prayers, that they may be able to cope with the issues around online learning and being isolated from each other, that actually they will strengthen their character and they'll come out stronger as a result of this,” Mr Skelton said.

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