Events, Skills, Welfare to Work

– ‘Delivery of the reform agenda in 2010-2011 and beyond’

The magnitude of changes to the 14-19 education reforms represent a far reaching programme of education and training modernisation for 14-19 year olds. Designed to ensure that young people are able to acquire the knowledge, skills and aptitudes that employers and the economy need to prosper in the 21st Century.

These developments are now overlaid onto the landscape of a new government and the limitations of funding influenced by the need to reel-in public expenditure in the short and medium terms.

Local Authorities, Schools, Colleges, Providers, Support Services and Employers are faced with a number of changes and issues happening in parallel. Some of these will need to be delivered within tighter funding regimes, they include:

  • 14-19 qualification, curriculum and pathway reform
  • The challenges of delivery and the popularity of the new qualifications
  • Staged increases to legal age of participation in education or training whether young people are employed or not.
  • The increased IAG burden including the challenge of QCF implementation
  • The introduction of and changes to the role of Local Authorities in the commissioning of local delivery.
  • The role of the new agencies following the closure of the LSC and Government change

By 2013 every 14-19 year old will have access to the following learning tiers and progression pathways:

 The new secondary curriculum

 The new Foundation Learning Tier for those working below level 2

 The new Functional Skills qualifications in English, Maths & ICT

 The new Diplomas in 14 vocational area’s

 Revised GCSEs and A Levels and a new Extended Project

 An Apprenticeship or pre-Apprenticeship course.

This follow on fourth national conference will review the current landscape and progress made on the delivery of the 14-19 reforms, development of the learner tier and progression pathways and approach to funding as we move forward the 14-19 reforms to a 2013 entitlement.

Chair & Speakers

The conference will be chaired by Geoff Hayward who led the Nuffield Review of early 14-19 reforms. Speakers will focus on a wide range of topics including the current views from the relevant agencies and practical issues about implementation of the reform agenda in detail.

Who should attend?

Key representatives from all stakeholders, learning providers and agencies who wish to understand and assess the opportunities within 14-19 reform and those already involved: WBL Providers; FE Colleges; Secondary Schools; Local Authorities; Connexions; Employers; Awarding Organisations; Government Agencies and Research; HE or related organisations.

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