ERIC Number: ED465894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Grade: A Report on Standards in Work-Based Learning for Young People.
The reasons for the deterioration of the inspection grades awarded for work-based learning (WBL) provision in England were examined. The main data collection activities were as follows: (1) a statistical analysis of the Training Standards Council (TSC) and Adult Learning Inspectorate (ALI) inspection grades in 1998-2001; (2) a qualitative review of inspection data; and (3) structured interviews with ALI inspectors, Learning and Skills Council quality managers, and WBL providers. All inspections were revealing significant problems in the quality of WBL, and the proportion of poor grades was increasing. The increase in poor grades awarded for WBL was linked partly to the transition to the new Common Inspection Framework (CIF) and Modern Apprenticeships frameworks and new arrangements for quality assurance and funding of post-16 education and training. Other reasons were related to deeper systemic issues. The following were among the study recommendations: (1) seek greater clarity and transparency in expectations about success rates and better and more comprehensive guidance on the CIF; (2) ensure that the range of programs offered is broad enough to encourage participation, sustain learners' progression, and secure progression; (3) build the capacity of WBL providers and develop new ways of delivering WBL; and (4) improve achievement in Modern Apprenticeships. (Contains 16 tables/figures.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Apprenticeships, Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Models, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Work Experience Programs
Learning and Skills Development Agency, Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll Street, London W1F 7LS, United Kingdom (Reference no. R1318). Tel: 020 7297 9000; Fax: 020 7297 9001; Web site: http://www.lsda.org.uk/home.asp. For full text: http://www.lsda.org.uk/files/pdf/R1318.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)