School leavers “need work skills and knowledge” say teachers’ leaders

Children need to leave school with the skills required for the workplace as well as academic knowledge.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) president, John Fairhurst, says such skills should be recognised alongside GCSEs in England. Business leaders have long complained about school leavers’ work ready skills.

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Leading business body the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) supports call to include ’employability skills’ in curriculum.