30 June 2021

09:00 - 13:00

£ Discounts available

This conference is examining the future of post-16 technical and academic qualifications at level 3 and below.

The discussion takes places with the Department for Education considering its response to recently held consultations on proposals to reform post-16 qualifications, with the aim of offering clearer qualification choices and ensuring that every qualification which is on offer has a distinct purpose.

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The seminar will be an opportunity to examine the DfE’s expected response - and takes place in the context of the Skills for Jobs white paper, and with the second wave of the T Level rollout due in September 2021.

Areas for discussion include:

  • balancing quality and choice in the qualification system
  • delivering for labour market needs
  • progression routes and providing clarity to students and employers

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; Ofsted; the IATE; the Cabinet Office; DWP; DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; ESFA; the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons Library.


  • Reviewing post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below
  • Ensuring alignment of the qualification system with needs on the ground
  • Achieving a proportionate qualification system - balancing high quality, choice and variety, and delivering for labour market and sector needs
  • The potential impact of reform on learner accessibility and the qualification market
  • Applied general qualifications - their role in the qualifications landscape, in providing access to HE, and in improving employment prospects
  • Priorities for the qualifications system and progression routes - clarity for students, access to HE, smooth transition to employment, and protecting learners with protected characteristics from disadvantage
  • The outlook for the qualification system and designing a coherent system