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The chair of the LGA's Independent Commission on...
The chair of the LGA's Independent Commission on

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

present a way to implement this.

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.

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