Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for technical education in England - T-levels, functional skills and Post-16 funding

Morning, Monday, 18th June 2018

Central London


Bringing key policymakers and stakeholders from across the education sector, this seminar will consider the introduction of T-levels and issues more widely in reforming technical education in England.

Delegates will discuss the key challenges for implementing the new framework of 15 technical routes - with the Education and Childcare, Digital and Construction T-levels due to be taught from 2020 - looking at the design of employer-led curricula, assessment methods and practicalities concerning the incorporation of work placements.

They will also consider the potential impact of moving to a single awarding body per qualification and priorities for ensuring that T-levels deliver on their objective of ensuring parity of esteem for technical education with A-levels.

Further sessions will examine how English and Maths provision might be best included within the technical education system, in light of the Government’s consultation on functional skills qualifications and proposals for a transition year for pupils who do not meet minimum grades at GCSE.

Attendees will also assess priorities for improving the sustainability of the technical education sector, following the publication of the final two waves of the Area Reviews of Post-16 education - which made recommendations for sixteen further college mergers and marks the formal end of the two year review process.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofqual

Mary Curnock Cook

Strategic Advisor, University of Buckingham and former Chief Executive, UCAS


James Frith MP

Member, Education Select Committee


Anna Withrington

Early Professionals Manager, IBM UK

Caroline Roberts

Head of Policy, Governance and Stakeholder Recognitions, City and Guilds

Mike Ellicock

Chief Executive, National Numeracy

Paul Luxmoore

Executive Headteacher, Coastal Academies Trust

Liz Kemp

Head of Qualifications, Council of Legal Executives

Karen Spencer

Principal, Harlow College

Clare Argar

Head of Community Campaigns and Programmes, National Literacy Trust