alternative educational provision

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vocational education and training

  • hands on learning
  • based around occupations
  • can do courses such as painting and decorating
  • in 2008 some diplomas were introduced, but they weren't very successful
  • critics say it is similar to the tripartite system
  • it forces less academic pupils into lower status vocational training
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home education

  • when parents choose to educate their children at home
  • can do this on their own, or with the help of private tutors
  • can be for a number of reasons
  • religion, a disability or severe allergies
  • can also be to avoid bullying or having their child's intelligence and individuality destroyed
  • critics say children are not properly socialised
  • others disagree, suggesting that often home educated children are more appropriately socialised and are more polite
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alternative schools

  • independent schools that do not follow the national curriculum
  • often instead use the conceot of unschooling, where pupils are encouraged to choose whether they want to learn or not
  • they can choose what subjects they study, and any gaps in their timetable are filled with something they enjoy
  • examples include Sands school and Summerhill
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