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Reforming post 16 technical and academic qualifications at level 3

Morning, Thursday, 11th November 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the outlook for level 3 qualifications following the publication of the Government’s plans for reforms to the system, which aim to clarify qualification and training routes and streamline the qualifications system by providing three main routes for people who have completed GCSEs: A Levels, T Levels, and apprenticeships.

Taking place following the roll out of the second wave of T Levels in September, the discussion will also consider wider issues around reform, such as priorities for improving awareness of the T Level qualification, with some in the sector concerned that the number of T Level industry placements needed in the reformed landscape cannot be scaled up in the timescale provided, given the low levels of awareness of the qualification amongst employers.

In addition, discussion is expected on the impact of the reform on parity of esteem between vocational and academic qualifications.

Alongside the Government’s proposed reforms, delegates will consider the impact of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, and assess the outlook for improved training and upskilling opportunities in light of its measures.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Lucy Andrew, Deputy Director, Technical Education & Qualifications Reform Division, Department for Education; and Angela Fairchild, Deputy Director, Technical Education & Qualifications Reform Division, Department for Education.

Overall, the agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:

  • outcomes from the review of post-16 qualifications at level three and below, and next steps
  • priorities for implementing the new qualification system
  • the outlook for progression routes following proposed reforms
  • the future for applied general qualifications (AGQs)


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from schools and teaching professionals, education consultancies, university academics, alternative teaching providers, subject associations, exam boards, assessment providers, representatives of trade unions and local government, edtech providers, groups representing parents and students, specialist academics and charities, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference


Lord Johnson

former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation


Lucy Andrew

Deputy Director, Technical Education & Qualifications Reform Division, Department for Education

Angela Fairchild

Deputy Director, Technical Education & Qualifications Reform Division, Department for Education

Catherine Sezen

Senior Policy Manager - FE, Association of Colleges

Senior speaker confirmed from OCR

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofqual

Bill Watkin

Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association

Julie Hyde

Director of External and Regulatory Affairs, NCFE

John Callaghan

Principal and Chief Executive, Solihull College and University Centre

Ben Jordan

Senior Policy Unit Manager, UCAS

Gerry McDonald

Group Principal and CEO, New City College