Leading Article: Diploma danger

The new diplomas being pioneered in cities such as Wolverhampton are an attempt to motivate the 14 to 19 age group, many of whom are turned off by the academic approach of A-levels.

If the diplomas work, this will be good for pupils and the economy, keeping young people in education longer and ensuring they have the skills to succeed. But, as Hilary Wilce explains, much will depend on the teaching. If young people find the diploma classes boring, they will be turned off, just as they are turned off by bookish learning.

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