By Ann Hodgson
Seeing that its advent over 50 years in the past, the A-level has been a relentless topic of discussion in colleges, HE and govt. occasionally hailed as a 'gold standard', there's now excessive hypothesis concerning the way forward for the A-level specifically, but additionally approximately post-14 skills quite often. The furore approximately caliber and criteria which accompanies each one year's A-level effects has turn into an annual fixture within the united kingdom press calendar. With the advent of Curriculum 2000, and more and more demands Baccalaureate-style examinations, vocational skills and extra, the necessity for severe debate - and alter during this box is apparent.
Based on basic learn via of the top commentators at the skills, this e-book is a wide-ranging and important view of the elemental techniques of the schooling process in Britain this day. With executive motion in this topic taking a look inevitable, this may be a difficult and critical e-book for somebody attracted to this debate.
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Extra info for Beyond A-levels: Curriculum 2000 and the Reform of 14-19 Qualifications (The Future of Education from 14)
In this conception, the newly formed qualification blocks would, in time, lose their individual identity to become components of a new more holistic single set of qualifications. As a step on the way to such a system, unifiers signalled their support for several elements of the Curriculum 2000 reforms—larger programmes of study, a focus on skills as well as knowledge, more common elements of learning, and the possibility of mixing applied and theoretical study. This explains, in part, the widespread professional support initially given to the idea of a Key Skills Qualification.
Moreover, ministers had little inclination to require universities to recognize Curriculum 2000 outcomes when no one really knew how institutions might respond to the reforms or which combinations of qualifications students might end up taking. Placing this kind of pressure on higher education would also be politically difficult. However, it is clear from ministerial statements and correspondence that they expected learners to take four or more subjects in their first year of advanced level study, as well as key skills, in order to broaden and increase the size of advanced level study programmes and to bring them more in line with European competitors.
In particular, those who see Curriculum 2000 as a step toward a more coherent and unified system will be looking for the reforms to produce important systemic changes that lay the basis for a new system. Criteria for success at the initial phases might therefore include an irreversible positive change in learner attitudes towards larger programmes of UNDERSTANDING AND JUDGING CURRICULUM 2000 43 study, significant, across-the-board increases in institutional capacity to support these programmes, and clear support from end-users for greater breadth of study.