If we do nothing to the secondary curriculum schools will not have the flexibility and space for stretching students and helping those who have fallen below the expected level in English and mathematics. We risk therefore being unable to increase the number of students who reach the age of 14 at a level which enables them to take full advantage of the increased choices we are making available in the 14-19 phase. The consequence of that will be that some young people become disengaged from learning and unable to meet their aspirations. Those young people are more likely to drop out of education and training post 16 and are less likely to succeed in later life.
The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has a number of regional events planned with parents and students. It will use these to encourage parents to respond to the consultation on the secondary curriculum review. The widespread media coverage generated by the consultation launch, will mean that many parents are already aware that the consultation is taking place.