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The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment, in partnership with the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), was pleased to present a focused discussion on what the Government, Parliament and the sector can learn from previous attempts at technical education reform as it seeks to implement the central recommendation of the 2016 Skills Plan: T-Levels.

In April 2016, the Independent Panel on Technical Education, Chaired by Lord David Sainsbury, reported the conclusions of its inquiry into Technical Education. The panel was tasked with “advising ministers on actions to improve the quality of technical education in England and, in particular, to simplify the currently over-complex system and ensure the new system provides the skills most needed for the 21st century.”

On the 8th of July 2016, the Government published the 2016 Skills Plan, announcing its intentions to create 15 new Technical pathways, “T-Levels”, which it says will put into action the recommendations of Lord Sainsbury’s report. The passage of the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 has enshrined these changes into legislative action.

This event was an opportunity to take stock of T-level reform and to examine what lessons can be learnt from previous attempts at change. 

Speakers included:

  • Nick Linford, Editor of FE Week, founder of Lsect, FE Week & Schools Week and author of technical apprenticeship funding guide
  • Lord Jim Knight, Former Education Minister and chief education adviser to TES Global
  • Paul Eeles, Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group

A full event summary can be found by following the link on the right.