Education and Training for the 21st century (1991)
This was the first of two education White Papers published by John Major's government in May 1991. It dealt with further education.
Education and Training for the 21st century (CM 1536) was published in two volumes:
The second White Paper (CM 1541), dealing with higher education, was Higher Education: A New Framework.
Education and Training for the 21st century was prepared for the web by Derek Gillard and uploaded on 5 June 2019.
White Paper: Education and Training for the 21st century (1991)
London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office 1991
In his Foreword to this White Paper, Prime Minister John Major wrote that his Conservative government sought to 'end the artificial divide between academic and vocational qualifications'.
The aims of the White Paper are set out on page 3 of Volume 1:
The school reforms introduced under the Education Reform Act are already strengthening the education system for pupils up to the age of 16. Youth Training has been transformed. We plan to build on these reforms, so that a fully-integrated system of education and training exists which allows steady progression from school through to further and higher education, and to training in work. Our policies will promote continuous learning from the age of 5 through education and throughout working life. Our overall aims of engaging more young people in education and training, and raising their attainment, require improvement throughout the system. We will:The White Paper proposed (in Chapter 9 of Volume 1) that sixth-form and further education colleges should be removed from local authority control. This may be seen as part of the Conservative government's desire to reduce the power and influence of the local authorities - a process begun by John Major's predecessor, Margaret Thatcher.