It has been announced that thirteen new studio schools are to be set up in England from this September.
Studio schools are a new concept for education, whereby students from the age of 14 are taught a mixture of academic subjects and work based training. Local employers become involved in the schools, so pupils leave with valuable ties to the world of work as well as practical skills focusing on specific jobs.
Some new employers getting involved include: Barclays, The National Trust and the RSPCA.
Critics say that these schools can limit young people’s opportunities by forcing them to begin on a particular path too early. However supporters claim that these skills are essential for helping them learn useful work skills and improving their chances of finding a job in a competitive market.
Around 14,000 students will attend the 40 studio schools open across the country from September 2013.