March 23, 2009 13:09 ET

Britons Invited to Join Edge's Education Revolution

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 23, 2009) -

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Young people, teachers and parents are being united by a call from the independent education foundation, Edge to join a campaign to revolutionise the British education system.

Launching this week, through national print and online advertising and through social media groups, Edge's campaign invites all Britons to join them in spearheading a transformation in the role of practical and vocational learning in education today.

People can have their say about the changes that they think need to be made to the education system and add their voice to the movement at www.edge.co.uk/revolution.

Three-quarters (74 per cent) of young people feel that the current education system needs to be changed to better meet their needs, while 85 per cent of business leaders previously questioned by Edge would encourage young people to take a vocational qualification so they have the skills needed by employers.

Andy Powell, chief executive of Edge, comments:

"We need to revolutionise the way our young people learn. And what they learn. We need an education system that includes more practical and vocational learning because, in today's job market, it is skills that count.

"The current education system, with its corrosive divide between academic and vocational learning, reflects a social attitude which views 'know how' as inferior to 'know what'. This attitude is failing children and the UK economy.

"This system needs to be overhauled to make sure it is fit for purpose and provides sufficient work based learning options for today's students.

"Following the launch of our policy manifesto - the Six Steps to Change - we want to make sure our voice is heard not just by government, but by teachers, young people and parents across the UK. To do this, we are inviting everyone to 'join the revolution' and have their say on the changes that need to be made in our education system to ensure there are many paths to success for our young people to follow."

Visit www.edge.co.uk for more information.

Notes to editors

Research was carried out by YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,098 14 to 19 year olds in England. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8th to 13th Jan 2008. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted to be representative of 14 to 19 year olds in England. Business leaders figures are from PCP Research. Total sample size was 202 business leaders (chief executive, director or senior manager) from a mix of listed and unlisted UK companies. Fieldwork was undertaken between 11th June - 2nd July 2008. The survey was carried out online and over the phone.

About Edge

Edge is an independent education foundation. It is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning, so that all young people have the opportunity to achieve their potential, and the UK's future workforce is equipped with the skills to be successful in the modern economy. Edge believes that 'learning by doing' is as important as academic learning, and that there are many paths to success.

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