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GCSEs setting kids up for failure, says Futureworks

Kids leaving school ‘with no common sense’ claims media school

Published on August 24th 2010.

GCSEs setting kids up for failure, says Futureworks

On the day that 750,000 school leavers prepare to pick up their GCSE results, the Futureworks School of Media has claimed the qualifications are leaving them ‘unskilled and unprepared’ for the world of work.

The Manchester-based institution claims students are leaving school armed with good grades but lacking the common sense and initiative to do the job, and should consider diplomas and vocational training instead.

“Practical, hands-on courses are the only solution,” said Futureworks’ managing director Chris Mayo. “Diplomas and private courses teach students to do a job – the qualification is almost a convenient by-product. Without this kind of realistic, vocational training, young people are entering the world of work unskilled and unprepared; they are being set up to fail.

“The current education system has become more about achieving results for schools – not the students themselves. Teachers are under pressure to produce good grades, not to produce well-rounded, resourceful young people.

“The vocational courses we offer are challenging and demanding, purposefully designed for industry and delivered by industry experts. They are a true representation of what students can expect from the world of work.”

The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce said GCSE teenagers should also think about vocational skills and apprenticeships.

Brian Sloan, from the Chamber, said: "Most of those receiving their GCSE results today will be planning to do A-levels and then go on to university. However, we would urge these young people to look at all the options available to them, including apprenticeships and other vocational qualifications. Schools must show pupils that the academic route is not the only path to a career."

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousAugust 24th 2010.

I could not agree more. I've interviewed countless graduates over the last few years; the vast majority have no social skills, no sense of responsibility, poor maths and written english and little ability to communicate. What's more, their parents made them believe they will never fail at anything and will always be the best at what they do. Life is sometimes shit - you will fail, you will be disappointed. To top it all, the graduates truely believe they are 'worth it' simply because thay have a poor degree from a second-rate university (ex-poly).

Leigh ScottAugust 24th 2010.

Unfortunately common sense is not measurable which is why one cannot study it as a subject like "a degree in D.J'ing for example (rolls eyes).

Don't blame the education process for that, this is the society we live in.

DescartesAugust 24th 2010.

I'm not doubting what they say, but school didn't teach me common sense either - my parents did.

The current school systems concentration on test figures over all else obviously can't help, but wouldn't it be better to look a going back to the old system (that seemed to turn out well rounded human beings) rather than forever trying new things that don't necessarily work?

Thirty Eight Million?!August 24th 2010.

Speaking of common sense, did anyone watch Dragons' Den last night? There was a 27 year old 'business woman' who believed that out of the UK's approximate population of 62 million, 38 million regularly go rambling in the hills... She believed this because she 'read it on a website'. It looks like we're heading for a future based on Mike Judge's Idiocracy.

Anon tooAugust 24th 2010.

Wikipedia has replaced the encyclopedia, sadly.

James11364August 26th 2010.

No degree in DJ'ing but one in Music Production and another in Games Design are in Future Works portfolio of courses.

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