Wolf report

Find out more about the government’s response to the Wolf report (2011) and which recommendations will become policy for 14-19 learners.

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In his response, Michael Gove hailed vocational learning as an “essential part of a broad curriculum”, and delivered three key themes:

  • Vocational learning in the school curriculum: top quality vocational qualifications will play a role in school performance measures.
  • English and maths: an ongoing commitment to support learners up to 18 in achieving English and maths GCSEs or other appropriate qualifications.
  • Apprenticeships: consultation to simplify the framework to ensure more effective delivery.

For more information or to read the full response, see the Wolf recommendations progress report


The DfE has published a list of non-GCSE qualifications that will count in headline measures in performance tables, and will continue to do so each year. See the lists for 2014 headline measures and 2015 headline measures.


Rod Smith talks about the government's response to the Wolf report and what it means for you.

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