By David Hopkins
The Technical and Vocational schooling Initiative (TVEI) has been an immense curriculum innovation for colleges and faculties within the uk throughout the mid-eighties. It has initiated a brand new kind of curriculum improvement via categoric investment and a brand new concentration for the schooling of 14-18 yr olds that's vocational, sensible and provides scholars extra accountability for his or her personal studying. The pilot part of the undertaking is coming to a detailed, and shortly all secondary faculties may be excited about TVEI. This ebook severely discusses the achievements and growth of the TVEI pilot at its switch of existence because it strikes from pilot to extension. The individuals to the booklet are neighborhood evaluators of TVEI and feature been heavily concerned with the improvement of the venture during the last 5 years. The fourteen chapters of the booklet are divided into six sections: review; administration of curriculum switch; instructing and studying kind; pupil profiling; overview and critique. Taken as a complete the contributions supply a entire, balanced and usually positive view of this crucial academic innovation at a severe level of its improvement.
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The second area of achievement is in terms of student outcomes. Student outcomes are not necessarily restricted to examination results, as Carol Fitz-Gibbon points out in Chapter 10. They are, however, the most commonly measured and, because they are so tangible, they command enormous interest. It appears that TVEI has not had much impact on academic examination attainment (which it never claimed to have), but there is a striking amount of evidence from pilot evaluations of the impact of TVEI on students in the socio-emotional or affective domains.
Much of this is represented in subsequent papers for this conference. In some casesI think here of students with special needsTVEI has filled gaps and provided much wanted opportunity, in others it has given helpful chances to try new administrative approachesthese, perhaps being less documented than they should be because of the level at which evaluation generally occurred. An interesting further illustration of the power of local evaluation organisation is given by the rapidity with which they can collect and process good quality performance indicators for authorities.
2 Model for a 11-16 curriculum Page 27 Staff Development Under the TVEI Pilot and Extension Budgets there is a heading for 'Training' which has taken on a number of different meanings, with different emphases as we have gone through the past five years. In a sense three activities have been inter-relatedcurriculum development; associated staff development; and training. However, in tracing the general developments within TVEI there has been a tendency for: (i) Projects to be somewhat isolated from mainstream LEA development.