Dear Editor, I can’t believe Sarah Evans’ comments on social mobility.
She suggests that parents studying BTEC Diploma in Applied Science at Four Dwellings High School will engage their own children in learning.
This may be so, however we are discussing social mobility.
It’s interesting that in brackets she is attributing a BTEC Diploma to four GCSEs.
I would ask Ms Evans how many pupils at King Edward VI High School for Girls study for this qualification?
I expect the answer will be none.
One of the reasons for lack of social mobility is that bright pupils at other schools are often forced into taking vocational qualifications rather than being given a chance to compete on equal terms with pupils from middle class families.
The pupils at King Edward’s will no doubt take GCSEs and A levels.
They will be the doctors and barristers of the future.
Meanwhile bright pupils from the working classes are told they have four GCSEs – when this is quite simply not true.
Vocational qualifications are only useful if following a vocational course.
If the pupils wishes to follow an academic route then BTEC qualifications aren’t even taken into consideration by sixth form colleges when pupils apply to take A levels.
In order to encourage social mobility more children from working class backgrounds need to have the chance to attend schools like King Edward VI High School.