HC Deb 20 July 1982 vol 28 c130W
45. Mr. Renton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will consider giving guidelines to local education authorities on means of providing practical training for jobs to 14 and 15-year-olds.

Dr. Boyson

As my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Shelton) said in reply to a question from my hon. Friend on 22 June, the Government believe that although it is not the schools' primary role to provide vocational training for specific jobs, there is a strong case for a greater practical slant in the last years of compulsory education. My right hon. Friend has just announced a programme of development projects which should enable a number of local education authorities to provide practical and realistic courses for lower-attaining 14 and 15-year-olds.