Every year the UK A-Level results bring with them the inevitable tide of questions about the quality and standard of the exams: Are they getting easier? Is studying for three or four subjects in great detail right in the modern world? Can standards, and pass rates, be sustained? One option already available to schools and students is the baccalaureate system.
With reform of the 'gold-standard' A-level likely, and with qualification reform in Wales and Scotland already a reality, this unique book will be essential reading for anyone who needs to know about the post-16 qualifications debate. Covering national and international approaches, the IBO, curriculum reform,and political and educational imperatives the book including expert contributions by the leading figures in the bac debate from the HE, state and independent-schools sectors, as well as from political and research fields.
About the Author
Graham Philips is Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University and Founding Principal of The Henley College. Dr Tim Pound is Senior Lecturer in Education at Oxford Brookes University
Table of ContentsThe resistance to reform - from Crowther to Curriculum 2000, Tim Pound. Towards a structural typology for baccalaureate-style curricula, Jeff Thompson, Mary Hayden and James Cambridge. The International Baccalaureate, Ian Hill. The French Baccalaureate, Francoise Martin-van der Haegen and Michele Deane. The Welsh Baccalaureate - two models: Model A - The WelshBac, John David and Colin Jenkins; Model B - The Welsh Baccalaureate qualification, Robert Adams; The graduation certificate, Geoff Lucas; Four perspectives on reform: George Abbott School and the Surrey Graduation Certificate, Jonathan Stewart; The College Diploma - a case study Phil Butler; An independent view of the baccalaureate, Graham Able; An employer's perspective, Sue Peacock. A baccalaureate system for the English context.