Preparing English young people for work and life: an international perspective
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Dr Paul Cappon

This paper originated as a brief, presented on 01 May 2015, to the UK Secretary of State
for Education, Nicky Morgan MP. It examines the roots and impact of the highly distinctive character of English education.

The paper identifies positive developments and troubling trends for English education, drawing on a review of internationally comparative data. Other strengths and weaknesses are recognised through qualitative analysis in subsequent sections.

It goes on to outline some points of convergent thinking gleaned from discussions with key informants in educational institutions, business and industry, with researchers, and in government.

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Dr Paul Cappon

Published by:
Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)

Date of publication:
September 2015

Country of origin:
UK / Canada

Sponsored by:
Department of Education, University of Oxford

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Taking an outsider’s view of the English education system, this brief paper may be particularly useful to policy workers looking for a fresh perspective. 


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