Do we need a vocational pedagogy?

Vocational pedagogy is critical topic for the FE sector, as it describes the way in which teaching and learning is delivered in vocational education, and therefore plays a key role in achieving high quality provision and raising standards.

Recent government developments including the 'Commission into Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning', as well as the 'Richard Review of Apprenticeships', 'Review into the Professionalisation of Vocational Teaching', building on the 'Wolf Review', and an increased interest in apprenticeships, have brought vocational pedagogy to the fore in the UK.

The City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development identified the need for complementary research to explore what is distinctive about vocational pedagogy and provide a theoretical framework which addresses the specific types of knowledge, skills and attributes required in vocational contexts. 

We explore the background and future of teaching and learning practice in vocational education, through a series of News & Insight articles:

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Pedagogic leadership thinkpiece

The 157 Group recently published a think piece ‘Pedagogic leadership’ exploring the implications for leaders in colleges who aspire to deliver outstanding vocational education for their learners.

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"The right answer to build a high quality system of vocational education that moves with the times."

– Lord Lucas

Video: Bill Lucas

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Video: Lynne Sedgmore

‘Do we need a Vocational Pedagogy?’ Lynne Sedgmore, 157 Group Chief Executive CBE, shares her views.


Do we need vocational pedagogy?