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GNVQGeneral National Vocational Qualification (UK)
GNVQGoing Nowhere Very Quickly
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Meanwhile, the government continued to spin to the media the story that the percentage gaining 'five A*-Cs' had doubled (using the old criterion, neglecting to explain about the GNVQ 'equivalence', and that this didn't take into account English and Maths).
She said the school approached Edexcel because it wanted something to replace the GNVQ as it is phased out.
GOOD CHOICE: Gemma Hodgson is training to be a nursery nurse with a GNVQ
From computer literacy to General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs), A-levels and GCSEs - there's a course to suit everyone.
The initiative and impetus to develop the advanced GNVQ in Management Studies came primarily from the National Council of Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ), although the members of the development team felt that there were also pragmatic reasons for proceeding, as well as other external pressures.
This means many school leavers must end up with, say, one GNVQ pass, plus one GCSE subject, which may well not be either maths or English, and thus count as having reached the level of five good passes at GCSE.
Only 36.8 per cent of children who left the care system aged 16 or older had gained one or more GCSEs or GNVQ - the vocational equivalent.
Marlon, a former Caludon Castle School pupil, was studying for an advanced GNVQ in leisure and tourism.
The 16 and 17-year-olds are all studying a GNVQ in leisure at Shelley College.
Worried teachers' leaders said this is because more pupils are being entered for AS Levels and GNVQs. One A Level costs pounds 70 and a GNVQ pounds 100.
An ex-pupil at Thornhill School, Sunderland, Ady went on to achieve a GNVQ in music at Shiney Row College.