chapter  8
Qualifications for a Learning Society: Building on the Dearing Review
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The publication in 1996 of the final report of Sir Ron Dearing’s Review represented another stage in the evolution of 16-19 qualifications in England and Wales with its proposals for a National Framework with four qualification levels and a new Baccalaureate-type Diploma at 18+. The recommendations of the Review were in many respects ambiguous, perhaps deliberately so, as it was clearly an attempt to satisfy many different educational and political interests. Responses to the report varied from initial enthusiasm-‘the great fixer has done it again’ —to cautious criticism as it became clear that many of the proposals lacked detail and were open to different interpretations.