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This special report explores the extent and value of diploma development partnerships (pages 12-13) and gives a voice to diploma champions from all walks of life (pages 6-7). Snapshots of what the first five diplomas of the 14 to emerge over the next six years will look like and what they offer young people are given (pages 14-15) and a glimpse of the journey through Diploma Town is mapped out (pages 8-9). Support available to teachers and trainers is spelled out below and pathfinder schools and colleges offer their advice (pages 4-5 and 10-11).
As Ken Boston, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority chief executive, says (page 5), a 14-19 diploma is more than a qualification. "Diplomas are new, not just new qualifications but new study programmes, new approaches to teaching and learning and a new employer-endorsed curriculum designed to give all 14- to 19-year-olds a fully rounded education and equip them for higher education and employment."
Ian Nash, 14 to 19 editor