Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for technical education in England - T-levels, implementing the Post-16 Skills Plan and financial sustainability

Morning, Monday, 3rd July 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely conference will examine proposed reforms to technical education in England and implementation of the Post-16 Skills Plan.


It follows the commitment to implement the recommendations of Lord Sainsbury’s Independent Review of Technical Education including:


  • The introduction of T-levels and a framework of 15 routes for technical education from 2019;
  • Increasing the number of hours for students on technical routes to over 900 per year on average; and
  • An additional £500 million in funding each year for technical education from 2019-20.

Sessions will focus on key issues in the roll-out of the proposed T-levels and 15 routes into technical education - including the design of individual employer-led qualifications, how to ensure the content of each route is sufficiently demanding, and the impact of the possible move to a single awarding body per qualification. Further sessions will consider future involvement of schools and priorities for the proposed new Institutes of Technology in creating effective progression routes to higher level qualifications.


Delegates will assess the sustainability of technical education and the resourcing to support reforms, following the announcement of additional funding in the Spring Budget and in light of Area Review findings.


The implications of technical education reforms on teacher supply and college leadership in the view of concerns over whether some colleges can adapt to a rapidly changing environment will also be discussed.



Guests of Honour

Naomi Nicholson

Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational Qualifications, Ofqual

Richard Atkins

Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education (subject to Departmental business)

Guests of Honour

Naomi Nicholson

Director of Strategic Relationships for Vocational Qualifications, Ofqual

Richard Atkins

Further Education Commissioner, Department for Education (subject to Departmental business)

Keynote Speaker

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education (Subject to Departmental business)

Speakers

Professor Martin Doel

FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills, Institute of Education, University College London

Caroline Roberts

Head of Policy, Governance & Stakeholder Recognitions, Quality, Policy and Stakeholders, City & Guilds

Catherine Sezen

Senior Policy Manager, 14-19 and Curriculum, Association of Colleges

Rebecca Hartshorn

Bid Manager, John Sisk and Son

Jan Ellis

Chief Executive, Career Development Institute

Marion Plant OBE

Principal and Chief Executive, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College, Warwickshire and Leicestershire and Chief Executive, The Midland Academies Trust

Phil Hyde

Audit Manager, Business Science and Skills VFM Team, National Audit Office

Bill Watkin

Chief Executive Officer, Sixth Form Colleges Association

Gila Tabrizi

Policy Officer, University and College Union