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Government Response to the Review of Vocational Education The Wolf Report Russell Joseph Inter Borough Lead Assessor 14-19 Diplomas
Qualification change? • Vocational education is immensely valuable: • Essential part of a broad curriculum • Vital underpinning of our economy
Grade F for Failure until now? • Indifferent teaching in specialised subjects • Young people taking courses designed for adults • Perverse incentives – performance points and/or funding
Grade F for Failure until now? • Students allowed to drop maths and English • Not enough Apprenticeships and a lack of incentives for employers • Attitude - second choice route? • Equivalence no one believes
We will……… • Ensure young people study maths and English to GCSE A*-C. (mostly) • Reform performance tables and funding rules • Simplify Apprenticeships
How…….? • “We will identify the best vocational qualifications for 14-16 year olds.” • Have rigorous assessments • Provide good progression • Offer rigour, breadth and depth • Be of the right size to complement a core
How? • We will consult with employers, schools, colleges HEIs and other experts • Choice of programmes – best for the learner • Review of Foundation Learning to remove rigidity – (independent evaluation of FL)
How? • Review the funding formula for 16-19 • Apprenticeships to have general education component • Strengthen vocational teaching in schools by recognising skilled vocational teachers
How, pre-16? • Supporting the creation of UTCs • Encouraging Studio Schools • Good quality vocational education alongside core academic key stage 4 curriculum • Remove the statutory duty to provide work based learning pre 16.
How – OFQUAL and qualification design • All qualifications to remain regulated by OFQUAL • Qualifications no longer have to be on Qualifications and Credit Framework • Employers, nationally and locally to contribute to development
What happens now? Under consultation/review • 16-19 funding reform (summer 2011) • Foundation Learning ( June/Dec 2011) • Criteria for VQs in league tables ( summer/autumn 2011) • Criteria for 16-19 programmes 9 summer/autumn 2011) • English and maths post 16 quals ( summer/autumn 2011) • Potential barriers to pre 16 FE enrolment (autumn 2011) Requiring legislation • Recognition of QTLS in schools • Changes on the duty to provide work experience
Issues for schools Getting the balance right at KS4 (1 and 3) Being clear which quals to adopt as part of more freedom outside the core (2) Identifying where additional expertise might be needed (17 and 18) Understanding potential new performance measures (1, 3 and 26) Developing a compelling offer for low attainers (4) Ensuring success in English and maths post 16 (9) Considering a new model of work experience (21) Strengthening assessment procedures (27)