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Implications Of The Changes To The 14 19 Curriculum



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  • The Diploma provides young people with: a combination of the essential knowledge and skills that employers and universities look for, including teamwork, self-management and critical thinking skills. opportunities to experience different styles of learning in different environments such as school, college and the workplace, with an emphasis on practical activities and an integrated curriculum; opportunities to experience work in one of the UK’s main employment sectors; flexibility and choice with options to pursue their interests, whether this is further study or a job; an insight into what work is really like without committing them to a career in a particular area; a high-quality qualification that will be valued by industry and higher education.


  • 1. Implications of the Changes to the 14-19 Curriculum Jack Caine
  • 2. Why Reform the 14-19 Curriculum
    • Risk of some pupils being left behind
    • In 2020 only 600,000 jobs available to those with no qualifications compared to 3.2 million now
    • Teaching very theory based
    • Education needs to be more relevant to business needs
    • To remove the link between deprivation and low achievement
  • 3. 14-19 Reform Objectives
    • Increase minimum education leaving age to:
      • 17 by 2013
      • 18 by 2015
    • Reforming current qualifications and introducing new ones
    • Reduce assessments but still challenge students
    • By 2020, 90% of young people to achieve 5 A* to C GCSEs equivalent and 70% to achieve level 3 qualifications by that age
  • 4. Routes after Reform
  • 5. Diploma
    • Combines theory and practical
    • Covers 17 subjects
    • Must meet minimum standards in core subjects
    • Involves Work Experience
  • 6. GCSE’s and A-Levels
    • GCSE’s
      • Controlled assessment instead of coursework
      • Broader range of questions on exams
    • A-Levels
      • More focused on problem solving than factual knowledge
      • Less assessments provided by fewer modules
      • Broader range of questions in assessments
  • 7. Foundation Learning
    • Personalised Programmes
    • Bridges gap between qualifications
    • Prepares pupils for Level 2 qualifications
  • 8. Apprenticeships
    • 130,000 employers in 80 sectors offer 180 different types of Apprenticeships
    • Subsidies for small businesses
    • From 2013, entitlement to an Apprenticeship place for all suitably qualified young people to be introduced
  • 9. Implications as a Result of Reform
    • Increase workload for teachers
    • Training required for new qualifications and subjects
    • What will be the value of new qualifications?
    • More learning styles available
    • Lack of Apprenticeships available
    • Management of extra subjects will be harder
    • Pupils will study for longer thus increasing numbers
  • 10. References