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Teaching Unions Say 14-19 Changes Are Inadequate

Magazine article Public Finance

Teaching Unions Say 14-19 Changes Are Inadequate

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Government plans to streamline qualifications for 14 to 19-year-olds do not go far enough, teachers' leaders said this week.

A consultation on the Department for Children, Schools and Families' qualifications strategy proposes crystallising the existing array of qualifications into four main streams: GCSEs and A-levels; apprenticeships; diplomas; and a foundation learning tier of courses that will provide an access route into higher qualifications.

Launching the consultation on March 31, Schools Secretary Ed Balls said: 'The current qualification system is still too complex - it is often difficult for young people and their advisers to understand which will best meet their needs and support their aspirations.

'Not every qualification option has clear progression routes to further study or to skilled employment. …

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