Understanding Recent Developments in 14-19 Education Policy . Bill Martin Vocational Education Division Department for Education Natspec Employment Forum 11 March 2014. Rationale for change – why did we need to reform vocational education?.
Vocational Education Division
Department for Education
Natspec Employment Forum
11 March 2014
Rationale for change – why did we need to reform vocational education?
““For vocational education to be valued and held in high esteem, we must be uncompromising about the value added of vocational education.”
Minister for Skills and Enterprise
“…If it’s essential to drive up the standard of vocational courses, it’s even more important to recognise those higher standards in well-assessed, well respected qualifications.”
The Wolf Review of Vocational Education vocational education?
How can vocational education for 14- to 19-year-olds be improved to promote successful progression into the labour market and into higher level education and training routes?
16-18 year olds participating in full-time vocational education?education / Apprenticeships (excluding HE)The popularity of vocational qualifications continues to grow
Higher achieving vocational students
T vocational education?he government’s vocational education reform programme
Performance tables, minimum standards and destination measures to drive changes to vocational qualifications.
16-19 study programmes, work experience, English and maths and reforming the funding formula
Rigorous standards for academic and vocational qualifications
Traineeships, changes to apprenticeships, UTCs and 14–16 enrolment in FE colleges.
Vocational qualifications at KS4 and KS5 and qualification design with employer involvement.
Substantial qualification (academic or vocational) vocational education?
16-19 study programmes
PROGRESSION TO FURTHER STUDY & EMPLOYMENT
English and maths to GCSE A*-C (for those without this)
Other non-qualification or ‘enrichment’ activities
Minimum standards/ intervention
16-18 performance tables
Funding ‘per student’
Study programmes & SEN vocational education?
Work vocational education?experience & non-qualification activity
Work experience undertaken as part of a 16-19 study programme can be defined as:
What will count as work vocational education?experience?
Other non-qualification activities
Our expectation is that institutions will endeavour to offer external work experience as soon as possible, whilst planning to fully implement it from 2014/15.
English and maths vocational education?
Number of vocational education?non-GSCE qualifications counting in the school performance tables:
14 – 16 Vocational Qualifications (from 2012)
16 – 19 Vocational Qualifications (from 2014) vocational education?
Tech Level vocational education?
High-value level 3 qualification selected from the approved list (50% of curriculum time)
Core maths qualificationat level 3
e.g. A level, AS level,
IB maths, applied maths qualifications.
New qualifications being developed for 2015
Extended project qualification
Level 3 research project with an industry focusThe TechBacc measure will recognise the highest level of technical training and achievements of students aged 16-19
A performance table measure, not a qualification (like the EBacc).
The right combination of qualifications will be recognised as meeting a national standard:
The TechBacc Measure will be applied to courses starting in 2014 – first reported in 2016
14 – 19 Qualification Pathways (from 2014) vocational education?
Academic level 3
Higher education, apprenticeship or work
Vocational level 3
Applied General/Tech Level
GCSEs A*- C and approved level 1/2 qualifications
Some occupations require a
level 2 to move to level 3
Higher education, apprenticeship or work
Vocational level 2 occupational qualification
level 3Tech Level
Vocational level 2
Apprenticeship or work
In some sectors level 2 will allow entry direct to an occupation e.g. construction/hairdressing
General qualifications reform vocational education?
Reporting in vocational education?performance tables
What’s Next? vocational education?