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The Tomlinson report on 14-19 learning recommends a diploma framework that will support improvement in young people’s literacy and numeracy levels

The recently published report of the Working Group on 14-19 Reform, chaired by Mike Tomlinson, proposes ‘a series of reforms which will tackle a number of fundamental and longstanding weaknesses in the education system. These include low post-16 participation and achievement, an over-burdensome curriculum and assessment system, and a fragmented framework of vocational qualifications.’

The Tomlinson report highlights that ‘the statistics show that as far as employers are concerned, much remains to be done. Only 55 per cent of [employers] surveyed by the CBI were satisfied that school leavers are equipped with basic literacy and numeracy skills. Even fewer, 39 per cent, were satisfied that they have key skills, such as communication, team working and problem-solving.’

The report recommends ‘the creation of a diploma framework which would build upon existing strengths and standards found in the current system…New diploma qualifications will grow out of existing programmes, including GCSE, AS and A level programmes, as well as vocational qualifications such as Apprenticeships. The Final report sets out the proposals for a new structure that will move 14-19 learning on from a system that works well for some, to one that will meet the learning needs of all.’

http://www.basic-skills-observatory.co.uk/keydata-view.php?catID=6&themeID=20&CPID=1699 to read a review and analysis of the report from the Basic Skills Agency.

To find out more, go to www.14-19reform.gov.uk.

There will also be a one day conference entitled:

14-19 REFORM: THE PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE TOMLINSON REPORT

on the 16th of November 2004 in Central London.

The conference ‘has been researched and designed to provide delegates with expert guidance on 14-19 Reform and the issues surrounding curriculum, assessment and qualifications, funding and partnership and implementation.

The conference will feature Mike Tomlinson, chairman of the Working Group, Ivan Lewis, responsible DfES minister and Mike Baker, BBC education correspondent.

Other speakers will explore:
· Funding and partnerships
· The future of 14-19 Reform
· Research, policy and planning
· Increased pupil progression into higher education and managing the transition · The importance of vocational training · New technologies to support learning · A changing curriculum and assessment regime

There will be ample time to network with fellow delegates, providing additional opportunities to gain a clearer picture of 14-19 Reform programme, and discover best practice strategies for its implementation in your organisation.’

For more information about this conference click here or call Jonathan Narbett on 0207 808 5476.

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