Background to the reforms
In 2011, the Government commissioned Professor Alison Wolf, an expert in public policy, to conduct a review of vocational courses.
Her report, The 2011 Wolf Report, suggested that many of England’s 14-19 year olds did not progress successfully into either secure employment or higher-level education and training. The Report contains 27 recommendations that would transform vocational education.
As a result the Department for Education (DfE) has brought in significant changes to vocational qualifications affecting providers of full-time training for 14-19 year olds in England. These include the introduction of Study Programmes, new qualifications and new performance measures.