By Eric MacFarlane

Highlights the ideologies and regulations that experience produced the current process in addition to the detailed gains of every establishment. the writer considers the way forward for 16-19 provision and the effect of the 1992 extra schooling Act.

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In the IB all students study maths, a science, social studies, two languages and a course in world literature in translation. A fine-arts subject can also be taken as an alternative to a further study from one of the compulsory disciplines. The first pilot group of students sat the IB examination in 1969 and the qualification quickly became accepted by the universities. The IB was intended to meet the special needs of international and multi-national schools throughout the world. In recent years, however, many other institutions in this country have given serious consideration to the IB as an alternative to A levels.

New colleges were being opened, including two founded by the City and Guilds of London Institute: Finsbury Technical College, which opened in 1883, and the Central Institution, in 1884. Evening institutes were also established and, following the 1902 Education Act, a number of junior technical schools opened for boys leaving school at 12 or 13 and preparing for an apprenticeship three years later. These schools, which sometimes had their own premises and sometimes shared with technical colleges, trained boys for local industry in small welldefined areas.

Of the same standard as their 16+ counterparts, these ‘mature’ syllabuses include an extensive range of more specialist subjects than the normal 14–16 courses. Some of the larger colleges offer as many as 40 GCSE alternatives: in addition to syllabuses in the basic school subjects there are options such as law, politics, psychology, media studies, photography, surveying, accounts, electronics, information and control technology. These one-year courses can usually be taken in conjunction with A level work, for example by those studying one or two A levels.

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