Manpower boss James Hicks, speaking at a Tory Conference fringe meeting, said, ‘We need to be very careful we don’t over-educate people in apprenticeships', Private Eye reports. Schools needed to prepare pupils for ‘flexible hours’ employment.
Manpower advertises many such jobs, Private Eye found.
Presumably this injunction only applies to sections of the state education sector. I can’t imagine top independent schools or state grammar schools preparing their pupils to become ‘flexible hours’ fodder.
How convenient, then, that Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has approved the first new grammar (ostensibly a ‘satellite’ to an existing grammar nearly ten miles away) in decades. Her decision is likely to encourage other grammars to set up similar annexes including ones that would stray over the borders to non-selective counties thereby destroying the comprehensive nature of education in these areas.
Be warned: an extension of selective education would likely further divide English state-educated school children into two types: the ‘bright’ minority in state grammars and the ‘not-so-bright’ majority being prepared for a future in flexible hours employment.