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National Targets for Education and Training


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Originally promoted by the Confederation of British Industry in 1991, the targets were endorsed by the government following the 1995 White Paper Competitiveness: Forging Ahead. The targets set were that, by 2000: 85 per cent of young people would be achieving one of the following: five General Certificates of Secondary Education at grade C or above, an Intermediate General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ), or a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at level 2. 75 per cent of young people would achieve level 2 in the key skills of communication, numeracy, and information technology by the age of 19; and level 3 in these skills by the age of 21. 60 per cent of young people, by the age of 20, would achieve one of the following: two Advanced Levels (A levels); an Advanced GNVQ (the equivalent of two Vocational A levels); or an NVQ at level 3. 60 per cent of the workforce would be qualified to NVQ level 3 or equivalent.Schools were also encouraged to set their individual annual targets for improving pupil achievement in line with these national targets.

85 per cent of young people would be achieving one of the following: five General Certificates of Secondary Education at grade C or above, an Intermediate General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ), or a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at level 2.

75 per cent of young people would achieve level 2 in the key skills of communication, numeracy, and information technology by the age of 19; and level 3 in these skills by the age of 21.

60 per cent of young people, by the age of 20, would achieve one of the following: two Advanced Levels (A levels); an Advanced GNVQ (the equivalent of two Vocational A levels); or an NVQ at level 3.

60 per cent of the workforce would be qualified to NVQ level 3 or equivalent.

The deadline set for the targets to be achieved having passed, the verdict from the Department for Education and Skills was that ‘good progress’ had been made in achieving those targets, but that there remained ‘more to do’ (DfES 2001). See also standards.

Further Reading:

Department for Education and Skills Schools: Building on Success (HMSO, 2001) reviews early progress against the targets.

Subjects: Education.


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