25th February 2005 at 00:00
Green paper proposes over-arching matric-ulation diploma, as a "wrapper" for GCSEs, A-levels and vocational awards.

Second green paper rejects matriculation diploma, after ministers were persuaded by teachers that it would be ignored by employers and universities. But, it says a baccalaureate-style qualification could tackle problems such as low post-16 participation by creating a single 14-19 phase.

Tomlinson 14-19 review begins. Its remit includes improving vocational qualifications, creating assessment fit for purpose and establishing a unified system of qualifications that stretch all pupils.

Tomlinson report rejects French-style bac but puts forward four-level diploma to replace A-levels, GCSEs and vocational exams by 2014. He argues A-level and GCSE "brands" must disappear over time to prevent traditionalists giving more weight to these than new vocational courses.

Government rejects diploma and keeps A-levels and GCSEs, arguing they are respected by employers and universities.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today