Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed the launch of the first stage consultation on the post-16 review of qualifications at level 3 and below in England.

The Department for Education are currently seeking views on the principles that should guide their review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, views on the high level principles and outlines proposals for the removal of funding approval for unreformed qualifications.

Commenting, Caroline said:

“The Government wants to build a world class technical education system, which for decades has not had the attention it deserves. The ambition is to develop a qualifications system in which every student benefits from high quality study that helps them realise their talents, get a good job and achieve their career ambitions.

I would encourage all those involved in the education or business sectors as well as students and parents to make their views known.”

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“We have made huge progress to boost the quality of education and training on offer for young people. From 2020 we will start to roll out new T Levels which will offer young people high-quality technical courses alongside our world class A Levels. These will be the gold standard choice for young people after they take their GCSEs.

But we also want to make sure that all options available to students are high-quality and give them the skills they need to get a great job, go on to further education or training, and employers can be confident they can access the workforce they need for the future.

We can’t legislate for parity of esteem between academic and technical routes post 16. But we can improve the quality of the options out there and by raising quality, more students and parents will trust these routes.”

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