The article in FE Focus, "Students fall at key skills hurdle" (April 20), reported the findings of the Further Education Funding Council inspectorate concerning the introduction of the new key skills qualification. It made rather gloomy reading.
It failed to mention that our report highlighted many positive aspects of the introduction of Curriculum 2000 in the college sector. As its co-author, I should like to point out to your readers our main conclusion:
"Overall, managers and teachers deserve credit for successfully meeting the enormous challenges thay havefaced in order to ensure a smooth start to the new curriculum."
A number of thorny issues remain to be resolved, and the delivery of key skills is one of them. However, our survey, based on evidence from 242 colleges, also celebrates much good practice in this and other areas. The interim report has not been published but has been handed over to the Office for Standards in Education, to enable it to continue to monitor colleges' progress in introducing the curriculum reforms.
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