‘Cut Pupil Premium if schools don’t promote apprenticeships’ says Halforn

Schools that fail to send pupils into apprenticeships should lose some of their pupil premium funding, the chair of the education select committee has said.

Robert Halfon, a former apprenticeships minister, told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference that the government should consider financial incentives to encourage schools to promote apprenticeships.

At the event, where he shared the stage with his successor as skills minister, Anne Milton, Halfon repeated a story of apprentices at Gateshead College, who were refused permission to go back to their old school and speak to pupils to promote their courses.

He said the government’s long-awaited careers strategy needs to be “completely focused on skills in every way”, and that schools needed a “carrot and stick”.

Read the full article on Schools Week.

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