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An implementation plan for the government’s reform of 14-19 education has been published.

Involving changes to qualifications and the curriculum and the introduction of 14 specialised diplomas, it will take until 2013 to implement fully. From the age of 14 to 16 every young person will study: – National Curriculum core subjects of English, maths and science; – National Curriculum foundation subjects of ICT, PE and citizenship; – work related learning and enterprise; – religious education; – sex, drug, alcohol and tobacco education and careers education.

In addition, the choice available to them must eventually include all 14 of the new specialised diplomas and the opportunity to take a course in each of four areas: the arts, design and technology, the humanities and modern foreign languages. The diplomas will include engineering, creative and media, manufacturing, and travel and tourism. Courses teaching functional skills in English, maths and ICT will be trialled from this year before being incorporated into GCSEs beginning in 2009. The first five diplomas will be introduced in 2008. They will often contain GCSEs and A levels within them. Success at diploma level 2 will be the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A*-C.

From 16 to 19, young people will have a continuing entitlement to study towards any one of the diplomas. After succeeding at level 2, they will be able to move on to level 3, A levels or an apprenticeship. Success at diploma level 3 will lead to preparation for higher education are occupational training.

14-19 Education and Skills Implementation Plan is available from DfES Publications, 0845 60 222 60, or online at: www.dfes.gov.uk/publications/14-19implementationplan.

This article first appeared in School Governor Update – Feb 2006

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