Today three more so-called 'studio schools' - backed by local employers - were an nounced for the South. The idea is they mix academic studies with work-based training to help pupils find jobs. Martin Dowse reports.
The Government has announced three new-style Studio Schools for our region in Banbury, Dorchester and the Isle of Wight. The institutions backed by local and national employers offer academic study with specialised placements in industry for 14 to 19 year olds.
There are already three Studio Schools in the South and South East in Maidstone, Bournemouth and Thurrock. Three more are currently in development in Southampton, Rye and Basildon - due to open in September or afterwards.
Two "Studio Schools" which will help prepare young people for the work place by focusing on vocational courses are to open in the South.
The two schools will open in Southampton and in Rye in East Sussex.
Our region already has two of them up and running in Maidstone and Bournemouth.
The latest wave to be approved brings the total across the country to 30.