A task that should not be beyond our capabilities

21st July 1995 at 01:00
Sir Ron's interim report maps out how academic and vocational paths could be developed for 16 to 19-year-olds.

"We must maintain the rigour of A-levels and bring the much newer vocational qualifications to their full potential.

"A-levels are effective for the purpose for which they were designed. Vocational qualifications have created new enthusiasm among large numbers of young people, they have the strong support of many employers, and they are proving themselves in the context of higher education.

"The main task now is to develop a framework which meets the needs of the fast increasing number and range of young people committing themselves to further education and training.

"There need be no barrier to students combining vocational and academic studies or to students earning credits in one pathway which can be transferred to a related programme in another pathway. It should not be beyond the wit of those of us with central responsibilities for education and training to develop a framework and a language which makes the whole apparatus more understandable to the non-specialist."

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