Impact assessment

14 to 16 qualifications and performance tables and the reform of equivalences

This equality impact assessment looks at how the government aims to raise standards by improving the current qualification system.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Equality impact assessment: annex C

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Many pupils are taking qualifications that do not provide routes to higher levels of education or the prospect of employment. Our aim is to raise standards by focusing schools on the highest quality qualifications, improving all pupils’ opportunities for progression and ensuring that vocational education is held in high esteem.

This will be achieved by reforming performance tables for 14- to 16-year-olds from 2014 (for courses undertaken from September 2012), so that they only recognise qualifications which are high quality, rigorous and provide access to a range of study and employment opportunities. All qualifications will count in performance tables as equivalent to no more than one GCSE.

Published 1 March 2012
Last updated 13 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added the annex spreadsheet.
  2. First published.