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Next steps for qualifications at level 2 and below - choice, quality and standards, and student progression

Morning, Wednesday, 19th October 2022

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the next steps for qualifications at level 2 and below.

It comes as the Government considers its response to the recent Department for Education consultation looking at options to streamline and simplify the qualifications landscape at levels 1, 2 and below.

Delegates will consider whether the proposed changes will succeed in delivering the policy ambition of developing a qualifications offer that provides clear choices for prospective students, with qualifications that have a distinct purpose, are of high quality and engaging, and offer clear post-qualification progression routes.

Those attending will also assess issues for implementation and any changes that might be needed.

Areas of discussion include:

  • regulation - priorities for qualification at Levels 1, 2 and below ◦ supporting the instillment of quality and improvement in standards 
  • design - the future shape of qualifications post-consultation ◦ achieving quality & standards goals ◦ the future approval process & concerns over possible exclusion of smaller qualifications
  • choice - providing prospective students with engaging options, and qualifications with distinct purpose
  • careers guidance - raising awareness & providing clarity for students on the qualifications available to them ◦ the proposed simplified system and its potential impact
  • progression - future pathways for students post-qualification, including to level 3 and beyond, as well as to employment or apprenticeship 
  • employment - alignment of qualifications with labour market needs ◦ the developing skills landscape ◦ upskilling & mature learners ◦ future role of employers & encouraging their collaboration
  • implementation - providing continuity of provision for students already studying ◦ ensuring that providers are not overwhelmed as post COVID-19 recovery continues & with reform at Level 3

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Helen Kemplay, Joint Head of the Qualification Reform Unit, Department for Education on key policy priorities moving forward.

Keynote Speaker

Helen Kemplay

Joint Head of the Qualification Reform Unit, Department for Education

Keynote Speaker

Helen Kemplay

Joint Head of the Qualification Reform Unit, Department for Education


Jane Hickie

Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Naomi Phillips

Deputy CEO, Learning and Work Institute

Catherine Sezen

Senior Policy Manager - FE, Association of Colleges

Ruth Perry

Senior Policy Manager, Natspec

Julie Hyde

Director for External and Regulatory Affairs, NCFE

Senior speaker confirmed from OCR

Graham Hasting-Evans

Chief Executive, NOCN Group

Teresa Carroll

National Head of Inclusion, The Education and Training Foundation