The key point about the Key Stage 4 reforms announced by the Coalition Government is that 16 is reinforced as the 'break' in the English education and skills system.
Up to 16, pupils will follow an academic education of English, maths, science, history and geography.
At 16, pupils will be tested on their academically ability.
And it is after 16 when young people have permission to choose between an academic, vocational or apprenticeship pathway.
Together, the Key Stage 4 statement and the Wolf Review have 'blown out of the water' the idea of a 14 to 19 phase where students are obliged to study Maths and English throughout these years but can follow an academic or vocational curriculum.
The break at 16 and the proposed English BAC Certificate is standard Conservative Party policy.