14-19 Reforms

The education system in England is undergoing major changes that will affect education providers.

If you’re a provider offering full-time 14-19 qualifications there are a number of Government-led reforms that will impact on every aspect of your provision.

Key changes include:

  • Introduction of new qualifications
  • New performance measures, reporting and accountability
  • Emphasis on improving learner outcomes and the quality of teaching and learning
  • Focus on employer interaction in delivery and/or assessment
  • Greater use of technology and digital
 

Many of these changes are already in place, and it’s important for providers to start acting now in order to adhere to the Department for Education (DfE) requirements.


City & Guilds is committed to supporting our customers through these changes with the development of our new City & Guilds TechBac. This programme has been designed to meet all the latest 14-19 Reforms, including Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework and the Further Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) recommendations. 

 

Background to the reforms 

In 2011, the Government commissioned Professor Alison Wolf, an expert in public policy, to conduct a review of vocational courses.

Her report, The 2011 Wolf Report, suggested that many of England’s 14-19 year olds did not progress successfully into either secure employment or higher-level education and training. The Report contains 27 recommendations that would transform vocational education.

As a result the Department for Education (DfE) has brought in significant changes to vocational qualifications affecting providers of full-time training for 14-19 year olds in England. These include the introduction of Study Programmes, new qualifications and new performance measures.


What are the changes?

The Department for Education (DfE) has introduced a number of significant changes to vocational qualifications that will affect all providers of full-time 14-19 education in England.

Raising the participation age

The age at which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training has increased – learners will now continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday.

Improving Maths and English skills

There is continuing concern over numeracy and literacy levels, and the Government now expects all post-16 learners to continue developing these skills.

Learners who have not achieved a grade C or above in GCSE Maths and/or English at Key Stage 4 must now continue working towards this during their further education or training. For most 16-18 learners, this is now a formal condition of their entitlement to public funding.

Revised performance and outcome measures

Accountability systems are being reformed to set higher expectations for providers, and to make them fairer, more ambitious and more transparent.

Accountability will be measured through revised performance tables, publishing a wider range of information on attainment and progression.

For full details of how performance will be reported read the Department for Education detailed Guide to performance tables

New qualifications

Performance tables will only measure DfE-approved qualifications. The new qualifications include:

  • Key Stage 4 (14-16) Technical Awards
  • Key Stage 5 (16-19) Technical Certificates
  • Key Stage 5 (16-19) Technical Level Qualifications
  • Key Stage 5 (16-19) Applied General Qualifications

Other qualifications with section 96 approval are also available.

Find out more about our new Technical Qualifications

New types of providers

It’s not just qualifications that are changing. The range of providers delivering these qualifications is also significantly expanding through the introduction of studio schools, UTCs, career colleges and academies.

Greater technology use and digital delivery

Learners today have grown up with technology at their fingertips and this needs to be reflected in the way they learn.

The Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG) was set up in January 2013 to make practical recommendations on ensuring the effective use of digital technology in learning, teaching and assessment.


When are the changes taking place?

Some of the changes are already being implemented. From 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) introduced 16-19 study programmes and funding changes. This was followed by the introduction of the new Technical Awards in September 2014.

From September 2016, there will be first teaching of Key Stage 5 Technical Level Qualifications (Level 3) that meet full DfE design principles, including employer involvement in delivery and/or assessment.

14-19 Reforms timeline

14-19 Reforms timeline

Please click on the image to see a timeline of the changes taking place.







How have we responded to the 14-19 Reforms?

City & Guilds has responded to the 14-19 Reforms and also the wider employability challenge in the UK by re-developing our 14-19 programmes to provide new pathways for your learners.

Developed City & Guilds TechBac

TechBac is a fresh approach to 14-19 education that aims to address some of the key challenges identified through the 14-19 Reforms, including employer engagement, improving learner destinations (outcomes) and adopting digital delivery.

TechBac has been mapped to Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework and adopts recommendations for employer involvement and digital delivery.

Download our guide to mapping TechBac to the new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework

New City & Guilds Technical Qualifications

At the heart of TechBac are high quality, robust new Technical Qualifications. These qualifications are designed to meet the requirements as set out by the DfE in order to appear on new performance tables and carry UCAS points at Level 3 for HE progression.

Find out more about our new Technical Qualifications

TechBac aligned to the Government’s Technical Baccalaureate measure

City & Guilds TechBac can be used to meet the requirements of the Government’s Technical Baccalaureate Measure, when delivered alongside a Level 3 Maths qualification, including City & Guilds Core Maths.

Providers may be eligible for more funding for delivery of a 1080 GLH qualification.

Find out more about our Level 3 Maths Qualification


How we can help you with the reforms 

City & Guilds can support you through these changes and ensure you are equipped to take control.

Our dedicated experts are here to help you at every stage, from curriculum planning and digital auditing through to implementation support and staff training.

Find out how your delivery model will need to change to deliver TechBac

A guide has been created to support you through the Government’s 14-19 Reforms

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Contact us

 

Education providers
Deliver the City & Guilds TechBac

T:        01924 206709
E: Digitalsales@cityandguilds.com
F: Expression of interest form


Learners

Speak to your local centre or contact us

T:           0844 543 0033
F:    Enquiry form
W:   Find an approved centre

 


Employers

Help with the future development of TechBac

E: 14- 19recognition@cityandguilds.com

Understanding the reforms

Guiding you through the new 14-19 performance measures 

Involving employers in design and delivery 

New qualifications for the new world

Are there other education reforms?

Alongside the 14-19 Reforms, there are changes happening in other areas of education and training.  These include Government reforms to GCSE and A Level qualifications, traineeships, and significant changes to apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Reforms put control more firmly in the hands of employers, with employer groups defining work roles and associated assessment plans for the new Apprenticeship Standards.

Qualifications within apprenticeships are not mandatory, although employer groups can identify specifications that lead to qualifications. Independent assessment, which is separate from the delivery of training, is being introduced at the end of the apprenticeship.

Find out more about City & Guilds response to the Apprenticeship Reforms

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