Michael Gove brings back technical schools to train new generation of plumbers and mechanics

Technical differences: Critics of Mr Gove's plans say they will lead to a two-tier system

Ministers yesterday announced a new generation of technical schools to train teenagers to become engineers, plumbers and mechanics.

Students aged 14 will be able to quit mainstream comprehensives to study at specialist centres where they will ‘get their hands dirty’.

The plan – outlined by Education Secretary Michael Gove – marks a dramatic revival of the secondary technical schools established in the 1940 and 1950s.
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