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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 Department for Education’s review of post-16 qualifications, and the Skills and Post-16 Education Act becoming law.


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.


The conference also comes as Ofqual consults on the future regulation of alternative qualifications to A Levels and T Levels, with the consultation looking at future grading scales, how the qualifications should be branded, the conduct of non-exam assessment, how to drive up standards and their future design. 


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

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 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
  • Jenifer Burden, Director of Programmes, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
  • Helen Bowles, Head of New Concepts (Post-16 Qualifications), Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Claire Gill, Director, Strategic Relationships VTQ, Ofqual

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from: DfE; the IfATE; DLUHC; the Tertiary Education Review, NI; the Cabinet Office; DWP; BEIS; DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the IPO; the GLD; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.



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

Claire Gill

Director, Strategic Relationships VTQ, Ofqual

Keynote Speakers

Helen Bowles

Head of New Concepts (Post-16 Qualifications), Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Claire Gill

Director, Strategic Relationships VTQ, Ofqual

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

Jane Hickie

Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

James Kibble

Executive Headteacher, Salesian School

Paul Steer

Head of Policy, OCR

Ian Pryce

Chief Executive, The Bedford College Group

Dr Samina Khan

Director, Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach, University of Oxford

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

Salwa Boon

Director of Curriculum and Delivery, Activate Learning

Helen Redfern

HR Director, Kier Group