42. The Department is currently part way through
a programme of reform to education and training provision for
learners aged 14 to 19. This includes the raising of the participation
age to 18 by 2015. The qualifications options open to young people
from age 14 include GCSEs, a Diploma, vocational qualifications
and a Young Apprenticeship. The qualifications options open to
young people from age 16 include A-levels, a Diploma, vocational
qualifications and an Advanced Apprenticeship. The Foundation
Learning Tier (FLT) is a part of the wider 14-19 reform programme.
It offers credit-based qualifications designed to improve the
skills of learners aged 14 and over who are working at a lower
level than the other routes listed here. The main questions that
these reforms raise is where the National Curriculum should endfor
young people aged 14, 16 or 19and how entitlement and differentiation
should be balanced for these learners?