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PATTEN SHOWS CONCERN ABOUT INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL QUALIFICATIONS

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Education Secretary John Patten today welcomed the report on the first year of General National Vocational Qualific...
Education Secretary John Patten today welcomed the report on the first year of General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs) in schools, published today by OFSTED.

But Mr Patten showed concern about the intermediate level of students' work: 'GNVQs must not be a soft option. I have therefore today written to the (NCVQ) asking them to pay particular attention to ensuring high and consistent standards in Intermediate GNVQs, which should be broadly equivalent to four GCSEs at grades A to C.

'In particular I have asked NCVQ to adopt a 4-point plan in order to: monitor the effectiveness of the new external tests, and the code of practice for external testing and take urgent action to correct any problems; speed up issuing guidance illustrating the standards of work expected at intermediate level.

Work with the GNVQ awarding bodies to ensure that only students with good prospects of success are admitted to Intermediate GNVQ courses. Foundation GNVQs will soon be available for those who are not yet ready to tackle a qualification at intermediate level; report to me on progress with Intermediate GNVQs.
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