UPDATE May 2013
Following the Headteachers’ Roundtable Conference at Passmores Academy in Harlow on April 26th, the HTRT Qualifications Framework has now been finalised. Following a range of comments on the previous version, the model has been adapted to be more fully inclusive of all learners, specifically young people for whom Entry Level Qualifications are their most likely terminal outcomes. The key change is to change the scale to a 1-8 scale so that all learning can be captured on one scale, from Early Years upwards. The key diagrams are shown below, with a full pdf downloadable here:
At the Passmores conference HTRT agreed that this model represents a vision for a Qualifications Framework that could be implemented in the future. As such, it is illustrative. Some of the finer details – the grades, the points system and the permutations for each Bacc Award – are included to suggest possibilities and would naturally require considerable further development and consultation. We recognise that this is a long way from where we are now.
The next steps are as follows:
1) The HTRT model here will not be developed further at this point.
2) The key elements of the model will be formulated into a policy proposal, with the intention of seeking to influence policy developments by all parties in this area. See below.
3) HTRT will work with others, including the group Whole Education to develop a working model of our proposal - a ‘working Bacc’ – that is based entirely on existing qualifications and structures. This will enable pathfinder schools to trial the notion of an inclusive Baccalaureate Framework in their schools. This work will commence with a working party meeting on June 6th. We will report back on developments from this meeting.
The HTRT Qualifications Framework is summarised here:
The over-arching terminal Baccalaureate Awards are illustrated here. More complex permutations that allow students to take qualifications across the key tiers are not shown (because they are difficult to represent simply) but maximising the range of permutations is fundamental to the model.
Headteachers’ Roundtable Qualifications Framework Policy:
The Qualifications Framework for England should be developed to include the following features:
- It should be one system inclusive of all learners.
- It should allow for traditional academic, technical and vocational learning to be integrated into one framework.
- It should include core learning in Maths and English at every level with a guarantee of curriculum breadth for all learners over time.
- It should include core experiences and learning opportunities that capture the ideas of a rounded education, personal and extended learning and achievement beyond examinations.
- It should facilitate the construction of a universal transcript enabling all learners to record all of their achievements over time, informing transition and progress mapping at all stages.
We believe that, with existing qualifications, this policy would be easy to implement in most schools and colleges and would represent a significant enhancement on the current system.
The following transcripts are just two of the many possibilities, to illustrate the principles underpinning the HTRT model:
A typical L3 BTEC student
And a typical A level student.