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Getting T-Levels right: Lessons from Past Reforms of Technical Education

Getting T-Levels right: Lessons from Past Reforms of Technical Education

11th September 2017

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment, in partnership with the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), is 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, which comes following the summer recess, is an opportunity to take stock of T-level reform, and to examine what lessons can be learnt from previous attempts at change. It will be a focused discussion, followed by an opportunity for attendees to meet and network.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • 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

With more speakers to be announced, we hope you will join us for this timely and important debate. Contact Aaron Bowater for more information on joining, on

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