The forgotten third: final report of the Commission of Inquiry

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Association of School and College Leaders (Great Britain)


The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) launched an independent Commission of Inquiry in October 2018 to look into how to improve the prospects of what we have called 'the forgotten third'. These are the students who do not achieve at least a grade 4 standard pass in [General Certificate of Secondary Education] GCSE English and maths at the end of 12 years of schooling. The fact that this represents roughly a third of 16-year-olds year in and year out is not an accident but the product of the system of comparable outcomes whereby the spread of GCSE grades is pegged to what...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; Teaching and learning; Youth; Participation; Literacy

Keywords: Youth at risk; Educational level; Academic persistence; Youth transitions; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Recommendations

Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe

Published: [Leicester, England]: Association of School and College Leaders, 2019

Physical description: 30 p. (final report) + 14 p. (interim report) + 7 p. (rapid review)

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Also called: The forgotten third: March 2019 interim report; 'The forgotten third': a rapid review of evidence

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 139.326

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