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In this policy publication, Edge brings together compelling international, historical, educational and economic evidence to support the need for a broad curriculum incorporating creative and technical education and recognising the achievements of all young people by the age of 19.

This report by the OECD highlights that the UK lacks the mix of skills to meet the changing needs of UK industry. In particular, the UK is failing to keep up with the skills required in ‘technologically advanced sectors’ and link training and work effectively throughout individual lives. The UK ranks 9th out of the 28 OECD countries for the proportion of 25 to 64 year olds participating in education and training. The report calls on the UK to improve its skills mix, with a focus on transferable skills such as ‘cognitive and soft skills’, in order to maintain its competitive advantage within Global Value Chains.

Two thirds of students spend less than two hours deciding their futures as they go through clearing, according to this study.

Fifty-nine per cent of students surveyed by London South Bank University said they made a snap decision during clearing. A third of the 500 students polled told LSBU researchers they had decided on their university in less than an hour, while two thirds decided in less than two hours. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 67 per cent said they found clearing stressful, with students describing it to researchers as “no man’s land” and “upsetting”.

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