Education secretary Michael Gove has announced that a new wave of Studio Schools will be opening in the next few years, opening up alternative kinds of teaching jobs.
The 15 new establishments, which are backed by large firms including Hilton Hotels, Michelin and Aston Villa Football Club, will open in 2013 and 2014.
Studio Schools offer an alternative style of education to regular schools, with the focus placed on employment skills backed by knowledge of core subjects.
From the age of 14 and up to the age of 19, Studio Schools provide young people with a chance to study towards qualifications such as GCSEs, the English Baccalaureate, A Levels and others, with English, maths and science forming the core subjects.
The more unique aspects of the Studio School are the format of the day; with pupils attending regular work placements and studying over longer hours, and the role that employers play in offering coaching and designing elements of the course.
"Studio Schools are playing a vital role in equipping young people with the skills and experience that they need to succeed in a competitive jobs market, through combining mainstream qualifications with real experience of the world of work," explained the education secretary.
David Frost, chair of the Studio Schools trust and former director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, was keen to emphasise the role that employers play in the setup.
"Employers are keen to help prepare young people for the workplace and Studio Schools allow them to get involved in all aspects of school life - from designing the curriculum and delivering masterclasses, to providing paid work placements and mentoring students," he said.
As well as benefitting employers, it is hoped that Studio Schools will offer an attractive alternative to parents and their children, as well as better engage those who struggle in a traditional school environment.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels