Between September and December 2012 the Department for Education held a consultation on Reforming Key Stage 4 Qualifications. The NFER submitted a response in December 2012. This is set out in this paper. Our comments were of two sorts.
There were questions we did not address: for example, issues around the practical implementation of reformed qualifications. This was because we felt those questions were seeking responses from those directly representing schools.
- Observations based on NFER’s long experience of curriculum and assessment research.
- Detailed reference to recent projects that produced relevant evidence in relation to the issues around low achievers, vulnerable groups and post-16 provision.