Universities UK response to Tomlinson 14-19 Interim Report
Universities UK media release, 17 February, 2004
Universities UK today made an initial response to the Interim Report of the Working Group on 14-19 Reform.
UK will look at the 14-19 proposals in detail and respond in consultation with
members. We welcome the Working Group's commitment to a long-term approach, as
well as carefully phased implementation and piloting where appropriate - this
and continued consultation with all stakeholders will be key to ensuring the
success of the new framework.
more work is required on the detail but we do believe the 14-19 Diploma
framework proposals will offer a number of advantages over the current system,
both for students and higher education institutions. The proposed framework
will continue to offer opportunities for specialisation; should provide all
learners with core skills in communication, numeracy and ICT - useful at
university and in the world of work; and help to develop research skills and
independent study through the extended project.
welcome the Working Group's commitment to ensuring that the diploma stretches
sufficiently the highest achieving students, and to providing universities
with an enhanced means of differentiating between the most able students for
admissions purposes. On this point we will be very interested in the group's
further work on the possible grading of the diplomas and components within
them, the highest levels being achieved by an appropriate depth and breadth of
proposed use of student transcripts would also help to provide a way of
differentiating between students and this record of achievement will also be a
vital tool in encouraging people to re-enter education, for example to
'top-up' their knowledge and skills. The welcome focus on motivating more
students to stay in education post-16 is key to raising attainment levels and
skills in general, crucial to the success of widening participation in higher
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