Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training

The Nuffield Foundation funded a six-year independent review of 14-19 education and training from October 2003 to September 2009. It was shaped throughout by the answers to the question: What counts as an educated 19 year old in this day and age?

In its final report, the Review made five over-arching demands:

  • The re-assertion of a broader vision of education.
  • System performance indicators ‘fit for purpose’.
  • The re-distribution of power and decision-making.
  • The creation of strongly collaborative local learning systems.
  • The development of a more unified system of qualifications.

A summary of the final report, along with several other key publications from the Review, is available to download from the table below.

Nuffield 14-19 Review publications

Final report

Education for All: The future of education and training for 14-19 year olds was published by Routledge in June 2009 and is available to order from the Routledge website.

A summary of the final report is available to download below:

Summary, Implications and Recommendations (PDF)

Issues papers

1. The new 14-19 Diplomas (November 2007)

2. 14-19 Partnerships: From Weakly Collaborative Arrangement to Strongly Collaborative Local Learning Systems (November 2007)

3. Apprenticeship I: Prospects for growth (January 2008)

4. Apprenticeship II: A high-quality pathway for young people? (January 2008)

5. Guidance and Careers Education (January 2008)

6. Aims and Values (February 2008)

7. The Whole Curriculum 14-19 (April 2008)

8. 14-19 Curriculum: the Humanities (April 2008)

9. Applied Learning: The Case of Applied Science (June 2008)

10. General education in the 14-19 phase (June 2009) 

11. Detached youth work and Democratic Education (July 2008)

12. Learners and Learning (August 2008)

Annual Reports

Nuffield 14-19 Review Annual Report 2003/04

Nuffield 14-19 Review Annual Report 2004/05

Nuffield 14-19 Review Annual Report 2005/06

Rathbone/Nuffield 14-19 Review Engaging Youth Inquiry

Background to the Engaging Youth Enquiry (May 2007)

Engaging Youth Enquiry Briefing Paper 1 (September 2007)

Engaging Youth Enquiry Briefing Paper 2 (February 2008)

Engaging Youth Enquiry Briefing Paper 3 (October 2008)

Engaging Youth Enquiry Consultation Report Executive Summary (October 2008)

Engaging Youth Enquiry Consultation Report (Oct 2008)

Project details



Professor Richard Pring (Lead Director) and Geoff Hayward, University of Oxford

Ann Hodgson and Ken Spours, Institute of Education

Jill Johnson, UCAS

Ewart Keep, SKOPE, based at Cardiff University 

Gareth Rees, Cardiff University. 


With contributions from:

Schools and local education authorities associated with the Institute’s London Region Post-14 Network

The ESRC Research Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)

Research and development team of the Learning and Skills Network (LSN)

National Foundation for Educational Research (nfer)


Funding programme



Grant amount and duration


October 2003 - September 2009