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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.