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Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training

Researchers: Professor Richard Pring | Geoff Hayward ...

Project overview

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.

The Directorate were supported with contributions from:


  • Professor Richard Pring
    Lead Director
    University of Oxford
  • Geoff Hayward
    University of Oxford
  • Ann Hodgson & Ken Spours
    Institute of Education
  • Jill Johnson
  • Ewart Keep
  • Gareth Rees
    Cardiff University

  • Director, Education
    Nuffield Foundation


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