Thirteen new ‘studio schools’ will be set up in England from September 2014, it has been announced.

This will bring the total to 40 of the schools that mix academia and vocational studies.

The schools are designed to help young people over the age of 14 learn useful work skills that will boost their employability.

About 100 national and local employers are involved in the scheme, including Barclays. More employers are encouraged and expected to contribute.

Geoff Mulgan, Chairman of the Studio Schools Trust, said: ‘Young people learn better when they’re tackling real life problems, and they learn better when there’s a clear line of sight linking what they do in school to future jobs and careers.’

Those who graduate from studio schools would segue well into school leaver schemes.

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