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Next steps for post-16 qualifications in England - reform of technical and academic qualifications and the future for T Levels

Morning, Thursday, 14th July 2022


This conference focuses on the future of the level 3 qualifications system following the review of post-16 qualifications, and as the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill continues its passage through Parliament.


Areas for discussion include:

  • designing a coherent qualifications system
  • next steps for funding
  • the continuation of the T Level rollout
  • raising awareness of the qualification
  • progression routes under the new system
  • encouraging collaboration between employers and the FE sector

It will be a timely opportunity to consider the future of Applied General Qualifications, as the Government prepares to publish the list of qualifications that will be defunded from 2024 - as well as the impact of the decision on the sector and students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds - and the value of AGQs within the qualifications system.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with:

  • Stella Pearson, Deputy Director for T Level Delivery, Department for Education - on  the continued T Level rollout following the recent publication of the latest T-Level Action Plan and the fourth T-Level Capital Fund
  • Lucy Andrew, Deputy Director, Technical Education & Qualifications Reform Division, Department for Education - on the future outlook for post-16 qualification.

The agenda also looks at:

  • achieving high quality provision and standards throughout the system
  • information, advice and guidance (IAG) - priorities for providing clarity for students and raising awareness of qualification choice
  • aligning post-16 qualifications with the needs of the labour market and tackling skills shortages


Keynote Speaker

Stella Pearson

Deputy Director for T Level Delivery, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Stella Pearson

Deputy Director for T Level Delivery, Department for Education

Lucy Andrew

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

Jenifer Burden

Director of Programmes, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Chair

Lord Watson

Shadow Education Minister, House of Lords

Speakers

Ed Reza Schwitzer

Associate Director, Public First

Simon Connell

CEO, Baker Dearing Educational Trust

James Kibble

Executive Headteacher, Salesian School

Paul Steer

Head of Policy, OCR

Ian Pryce

Chief Executive, The Bedford College Group

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofqual

Patrick Craven

Executive Director, Policy and Stakeholder Partnerships, City & Guilds

Tom Bewick

Chief Executive, Federation of Awarding Bodies

Peter Cheese

Chief Executive, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Professor Graeme Atherton

Head of the Centre for Levelling Up, University of West London; and Director, Neon