Farewell curriculum 2000?
by John Craig
Last week, I attended a consulation meeting of the working group onf 14-19 reform, led by Mike Tomlinson. Much of what he said was reminiscent of Beyond Measure, which Demos published in 2003, particularly on connecting qualifications to real and tangible capabilities rather than simply exam grades. However, the event raised a number of questions for me, with still over a month for people to submit their thoughts by email. In particular, how can 'inescapable' core skills be reconciled with allowing those with special needs to attain the higher over-arching diplomas? And how can further limits on choice be reconciled with personalisation and the worry over flight to the private sector? You can view their interim report on the group's website.