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Diplomas 'must lead somewhere'

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The number of vocational Diploma courses available to students in England has doubled from five to 10. The government wants the Diploma to become a core qualification in the education system, viewed to be as valid as A-levels and GCSEs.

Sir Alan Jones, chairman emeritus of Toyota in the UK and Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, debate the need for the proposed Diplomas.

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