chapter  8
Curriculum 14-19 Myth: A Levels Cannot be Radically Reformed
ByKen Spours
Pages 17

In her letter of 3 April 1998 to Bill Stubbs, Chairman of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, Baroness Blackstone, Minister of State for Edu­ cation, outlined New Labour's attitude to advanced level qualifications (DfEE, 1998). She restated the government's manifesto commitment to broaden A levels and upgrade vocational qualifications, underpinned by rigorous standards and Key Skills. Moreover, she saw the government building on the recommendations of Lord Dearing's Review of Qualifica­ tions for 16-19 Year Olds (Dearing, 1996) , while taking into account the implications of changes to advanced level qualifications.