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Research project: QCA funded longitudinal project to establish the baseline of evidence for the national 11-19 reform programme - Dormant - Dormant

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October 2007 - September 2008

This was a joint project with the University of Birmingham and in partnership with the Universities of Newcastle, Oxford and Oxford Brookes. Following the ‘14-19 Education and Skills’ White Paper published in February 2005, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) has taken forward proposals from the Paper and introduced the 14-19 Reform Programme across England. The aims of the programme were to secure a curriculum which has sufficient flexibility, breadth and stretch to engage all young people, to offer them success, and to ensure that the wider community of parents, employers, trainers and higher education can have confidence in what they have achieved. The QCA aim to establish whether policy and its implementation have led to successful learners who enjoy learning, achieve, progress, and are confident and responsible citizens.

The project has two overall aims:

  • To establish the baseline position by gathering a comprehensive picture of 14-19 education and training within a sample of educational centres in the academic year 2007-08
  • To develop a detailed set of tools so that the study can be repeated over the next five years to track the impact of reforms and how 14-19 education and training are changing.


The project is based on 45 case study schools and colleges selected to represent all regions of England, the diversity of institutions and provision, a range of performance, and to include examples of institutions involved in successful collaborations and partnerships. Data will be collected through a range of qualitative and quantitative approaches including interviews with key people involved in the delivery and implementation of the 14-19 programme, such as head teachers/principals, teachers/lecturers, parents, governors and importantly, young people.

Co-directors: Professor Stephen Gorard (School of Education, University of Birmingham), Professor Jacky Lumby (School of Education, University of Southampton)

Funding body: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (now QCDA).

Related research groups

Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness (LSIE) Research Centre
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