The Diploma: new, in both what students will learn, but also how they will learn.
Functional Skills and Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills: to ensure that students can apply their knowledge in English, |Maths and ICT, together with opportunities to develop skills for life such as teamwork, communication and presentations. Updating and modernising GCSEs, to incorporate employability skills. GCSEs in English, maths and ICT to have Functional Skills and Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills built into them. Strengthening A levels, to ensure that students are stretched and challenged. Adding an A* grade, to recognise exceptional performance.
Increasing the number of Apprenticeships, and the number of sectors in which they’ll be available. Apprenticeships will be one of four main routes through to learning at 18. Raising the participation age: by 2013, everyone will stay on in learning or training, to age 17, and to age 18 by 2015. Extended project: a new, free-standing qualification, equivalent to half an A level, which allows students to pursue an area of special interest to them, through independent research and learning. Foundation Learning Tier: additional support for students who are not yet ready for Level 2 qualifications). The Foundation Learning Tier establishes a learning framework which will allow students to progress towards Level 2.
Friday, January 15, 2010 14-19 Reform
New pathways CONSIDER OPTIONS 17 GCSE Foundation Learning Tier Apprenticeship Foundation or Higher Diploma Foundation Learning Tier Foundation, Higher or Advanced Diploma GCSE / A-Level Employment with training CONSIDER OPTIONS 16 CONSIDER OPTIONS 14 Further education Higher education Employment Employment with training Apprenticeship post 18 CONSIDER OPTIONS 18