the Organisation of the School Year today welcomed Mike Tomlinson's support
for Post Qualification Assessment (PQA) to university, and his suggestion
that the LGA's proposals for a standard school year of six terms could
Responding to the final report of the Tomlinson inquiry into A level
standards published today, Chris Price said:
'The LGA's recommendations for improving the pattern of terms and holidays
represent a viable way forward for implementing the changes needed to make
application to university less stressful for young people, and we are
pleased that the Tomlinson report has recognised this.'
1. Paragraph 60 of the Tomlinson report refers to the need for
PQA and the LGA's recommendations for a standard school year. The Tomlinson
report is available here.
2. The current pattern of school terms and holidays does not
easily allow for a move to Post Qualification Assessment (PQA) in which
students apply to university after their results are known. Whilst PQA is
not a prerequisite for the Standard School Year to go ahead, the
Commission's recommendations make provision for a 'term 5' covering part of
April and most of May, which, on the advice of Tony Higgins, the chief
executive of UCAS, would enable earlier public examinations under PQA
arrangements to take place.
3. The Commission on the Organisation of the School Year was
set up by the LGA and is recommending a
standardised framework of six terms of broadly consistent length. The
recommendations have already gained support from nearly 70 per cent of local
communities. More information on the commission's proposals for a standard
school year is available here.