Policy Forum for Wales

Priorities for Post-Compulsory Education and Training in Wales

Morning, Tuesday, 21st January 2020

Central Cardiff

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will discuss the upcoming reforms to Post-Compulsory Education and Training (PCET) in Wales - affecting:


  • Further and higher education institutions,
  • Work-based learning and training providers, and
  • Sixth-forms.

It comes at a time of considerable change for PCET, as the Welsh Government establishes a new authority to oversee the sector - the Commission for Tertiary Education and Research (CTER).


Delegates will examine the funding of the new body, issues around the inclusion of sixth forms in its remit, and priorities for scrutinising designated providers to ensure quality.


They will also consider the structure and priorities for the Commission in the context of wider Welsh Government aims, including:


  • Widening access to PCET education;
  • Enhancing the economic impact of post-compulsory education and training; and
  • The promotion of Welsh language and culture.

Speakers


We are delighted that Kirsty Williams AM, Minister for Education, Welsh Government is a keynote speaker at this conference.


There will also be a keynote panel with: Dr David Blaney, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and Jassa Scott, Strategic Director, Estyn.


Further confirmed speakers: Professor Cara Aitchison, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Dr Stephen Beyer, National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University; Helen Burgum, Bishop Gore School; Dafydd Evans, Gr┼Áp Llandrillo Menai; Barry Liles, University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Dr Stephen Lord, St Albans RC High School; Rob Simkins, NUS Wales; Lisa Thomas, Merthyr Tydfil College; and Amanda Wilkinson, Universities Wales.


Suzy Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Education & Welsh Language, Welsh Conservative Party, National Assembly for Wales has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.


The agenda


  • Implementing the new Post-16 framework in Wales;
  • Assessing priorities for the skills system in Wales;
  • Shaping the new post-16 framework - access, integration of HE and FE provision, learner focus, and maximising the sector’s contribution to meeting skills needs;
  • Quality assurance priorities, accountability, and funding for HE and FE; and
  • Quality assurance delivery and accountability in post-compulsory education.


Keynote Speakers

Kirsty Williams AM

Minister for Education, Welsh Government

Dr David Blaney

Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Keynote Speakers

Dr David Blaney

Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Kirsty Williams AM

Minister for Education, Welsh Government

Chair

Suzy Davies AM

Shadow Minister for Education & Welsh Language, Welsh Conservative Party, National Assembly for Wales

Speakers

Jassa Scott

Strategic Director, Estyn

Dr Stephen Beyer

Senior Lecturer, National Centre for Mental Health, Cardiff University

Rob Simkins

President, NUS Wales

Professor Cara Aitchison

President and Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Amanda Wilkinson

Director, Universities Wales

Stephen Lord

Headteacher, St Albans RC High School

Helen Burgum

Headteacher, Bishop Gore School

Senior representative, trade union

Lisa Thomas

Head of College, Merthyr Tydfil College

Barry Liles

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Skills & Lifelong Learning, University of Wales Trinity Saint David