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The future of post-16 qualifications

Inquiry

The Education Committee will hold an inquiry examining how effectively post-16, level 3 education and qualifications (such as A Levels, T Levels, BTECs and apprenticeships) prepare young people for the world of work. The Committee will consider the Government’s current work and proposals in this area and look at whether an alternative model, which enables a greater blend of academic and vocational pathways, should be explored. 

The Government has several proposals underway on post-16 qualifications: 

  • Level 3 qualification reform: The Government has responded to its consultation on reforming level 3 qualifications, with a policy statement published in July 2021. This sets out a timeline for reforms to level 3 qualifications, which includes defunding from technical qualifications that overlap with T Levels 
  • The Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 15 November 
  • The further rollout of T Levels The Committee’s new inquiry will look at the impact of these changes and whether existing and proposed arrangements go far enough to prepare young people for the world of work.

The Committee’s new inquiry will look at the impact of these changes and whether existing and proposed arrangements go far enough to prepare young people for the world of work. 

Read the call for evidence for more detail about the inquiry. You can submit evidence until 23:59 on Thursday 20 January 2022.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 20 January 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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12 July 2022
Inquiry The future of post-16 qualifications
Witnesses Kirsti Lord (Deputy Chief Executive at Association of Colleges), Tom Bewick (CEO at Federation of Awarding Bodies), David Gallagher (Chief Executive at NCFE), Mrs Ruth Perry (Representative, Special Educational Consortium and Senior Policy Manager at Natspec), and Dr Lisa Morrison-Coulthard (Research Director at National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER))
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
17 May 2022
Inquiry The future of post-16 qualifications
Witnesses Jane Gratton (Head of People Policy at British Chambers of Commerce), Lisa Silcock (Interim Group HR Manager at Naylor Industries PLC), Chris Pont (Founder and Chair at IJYI Ltd), Peter Cadwallader (Managing Director at The Port Hotel), Andy Webb (Managing Director at Skysmart), Matthew McCarrick (Director at McCarrick Construction Ltd), and Steven Kearney (Director at SKARCHITECTS)
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
27 April 2022
Inquiry The future of post-16 qualifications
Witnesses Lord Blunkett, Lord Willetts, and Sir Charlie Mayfield (Chair at QA Group)
Committees Education Committee
Oral Evidence
FPQ0118 - The future of post-16 qualifications
Witnesses Select Committee Engagement Team
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
FPQ0117 - The future of post-16 qualifications
Witnesses UK Hospitality
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence
FPQ0116 - The future of post-16 qualifications
Witnesses Crucis Designs Ltd
Committees Education Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

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Contact us

  • Email: educom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (General Enquiries) 020 7219 2370 / For all media inquiries please contact Emily Pritchard pritcharde@parliament.uk / 020 7219 3172 and Billy Roberts robertsbc@parliament.uk / 0207 219 6113
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA