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Education and employment minister Lord Henley today announced a£10m boost for General National Vocational Qualific...
Education and employment minister Lord Henley today announced a £10m boost for General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs) which will:

-- improve the rigour of assessment and grading

-- build on and improve national standards

-- find new and effective ways of assessing key skills

-- support teachers and lecturers through staff development and training

-- remove barriers to progression into higher education and employment

The National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ), The Joint Council of GNVQ Awarding Bodies and the Further Education Development Agency (FEDA) will now be taking forward the work.

Lord Henley said: 'I am delighted at the rapid response from NCVQ, FEDA and the Joint Council to the agenda Ron Dearing has set for GNVQs, including the proposals for GNVQ assessment in the Capey review published last year. Top priority will be given to implementing the recommendations in Dr Capey's review of GNVQ Assessment.

'As a new qualification, GNVQs are still evolving. In his report last month, Sir Ron recognised the importance of getting GNVQs right. I am pleased to say the review provides a large part of the answer to Sir Ron's concerns. Work in 1996-7 will be firmly based on the recommendations outlined in Dr Capey's review.

'It is designed to ensure that GNVQs become qualifications that are rigorously assessed, able to be taught well in both schools and colleges and written in clear English so that teachers and students know exactly what is required of them.

'I am also delighted to see that in 1995 almost 6,000 GNVQ students took up places on higher education courses. Figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show that most of our universities and higher education colleges now have former GNVQ students on their courses, some taking well over 100 students onto a broad range of degree programmes.'

The measures announced today also complement the Dearing proposals to strengthen the rigour of GCE A levels by preserving high standards and reducing inconsistencies in design, subjects and syllabuses.

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