Westminster Education Forum

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

Morning, Monday, 18th June 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will assess next steps for technical education in England. It is bringing together stakeholders with key policymakers to examine central themes emerging from responses to the Government’s consultation on the implementation of T-levels and the wider reformed technical education system. Delegates will also discuss preparations for the first three T-level programmes - Digital, Construction, and Education and Childcare - which are due to be taught from 2020.

Key areas for discussion include:

  • T-levels - key challenges for implementing the new framework of 15 technical routes - as well as employer-led curriculum design and practicalities of incorporating work placements;
  • Assessment - the potential impact of moving to a single awarding body per qualification;
  • Maths and English - how might provision be best included, 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;
  • Recognition and quality - what more can be done to ensure that technical education delivers parity of esteem with A-levels;
  • Sustainability - following the publication of the final two waves of the Area Reviews of Post-16 education - what more might be needed to underpin the success of the technical education reforms; and
  • Next steps for policy - as the UK leaves the EU, what further steps might be taken to develop the technical education system required to meet employers’ needs - particularly for those sectors identified in the Industrial Strategy.

Guest of Honour

Susan Lovelock

Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation Division, Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Susan Lovelock

Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation Division, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofqual

Mary Curnock Cook

Independent Educationalist and former Chief Executive Officer, UCAS


James Frith MP

Member, House of Commons Education Select Committee


Jan Ellis

Chief Executive, Career Development Institute

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