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ERIC Number: ED502588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 115
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-8447-8538-6
Evaluation of Increased Flexibility for 14 to 16 Year Olds Programme: Outcomes for the First Cohort. Research Report No. RR668
Golden, Sarah; O'Donnell, Lisa; Benton, Tom; Rudd, Peter
National Foundation for Educational Research
The Increased Flexibility for 14-16 year olds Programme (IFP) was introduced in 2002 by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) to provide vocational learning opportunities at key stage 4 for those young people who would benefit most. The programme, which entailed FE colleges and training providers working in partnership with schools to offer GCSEs in vocational subjects, NVQs, other vocational qualifications and GNVQs to students, was subsequently extended to three further cohorts of young people. The DfES commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to undertake an evaluation of the first cohort of participants. This summary presents selected key findings relating to the attainment, progression, attendance and attitudes of the first cohort of IFP students (2002-2004). Reported findings include: (1) Majority of young people who took new GCSEs and GNVQs attained their qualifications, and the majority of the sample of young people who had undertaken NVQs and other vocational qualifications had achieved the qualification at the end of Year 11; (2) GNVQs and NVQs achieved contributed higher total point scores than would have been expected given their prior attainment and background characteristics; those who took GCSEs in vocational subjects attained levels commensurate with their prior attainment and those who took other vocational qualifications achieved fewer points than might be expected compared to similar students who did not participate.; (3) Students who studied GCSEs in vocational subjects and GNVQs, but did not participate in IFP, also attained better outcomes than might be expected and gained higher points than young people who had taken these qualifications through IFP; (4) Overall, the transition target for IFP partnerships had been successfully met, as schools reported that around 90 per cent of young people who had been involved in the first cohort of IFP had continued into further education or training post-16; and (5) Majority of young people who were undertaking a course post-16 were pursuing a qualification that was at a higher level than the level of the course they had undertaken through IFP. Findings indicate that IFP made a valuable contribution to the first cohort of participants, and point to implications for future policy regarding: (1) Targeting students; (2) Additional guidance; (3) Student engagement; (4) Shared delivery approaches; and (5) Partnership organization and communication. Three appendixes are included: (1) Variables included in the Multilevel Model Analysis; (2) Point Scores for Qualifications; and (3) Representativeness of Respondents. (Contains 46 footnotes, 6 figures and 33 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)