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Written Statement - Publication of the Review of Qualifications 14-19 Consultation

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This consultation seeks views on qualifications taken by 14 to 19 year olds in Wales.
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Jeff Cuthbert, Deputy Minister for Skills 

I am today announcing that the Review of Qualifications 14-19 Consultation Paper will be published on 31 May 2012.

When I launched the Review of 14-19 Qualifications in Wales on 29 September 2011, I announced that the Review would consider how we can ensure that our qualification system is understood, valued and meets the needs of our young people and the Welsh economy.

This consultation follows months of extensive stakeholder engagement and evidence gathering which started last autumn. The consultation paper sets out the Review Board’s emerging views and seeks stakeholder feedback on a number of general and specific questions. The responses will inform the development of the Board’s final report, including findings and recommendations, which it is due to submit to me in November 2012.

The consultation exercise will run for 13 weeks from 31 May to 1 September 2012 and it will include an evidence day in July. I will be making an Oral Statement on 12 June to provide members with an update on the Review and its emerging findings.