Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for 14-16 qualifications in Wales - shape and scope, usability and public confidence, and support for progression in education and employment

Morning, Tuesday, 19th May 2020

Central Cardiff


This conference will examine the next steps for 14-16 qualifications in Wales.

Delegates will consider issues for qualifications arising from the new school curriculum being finalised by the Welsh Government and due to be introduced in 2022.

We expect discussion on key areas where Qualifications Wales is seeking feedback in its current consultation on the principles for future 14-16 qualifications - examining what the future qualifications might look like and the range of options, including in vocational learning.

Qualifications Wales are also setting out proposals on:

  • Eligibility for public funding,
  • Redesigning GCSEs to bring greater prominence, and
  • A specific qualification on ‘wider skills’ outlined in the new curriculum.

There will be a keynote address from Emyr George, Director, Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales.

His remarks are expected to outline the path ahead for qualification reform following the initial consultation - as Qualifications Wales prepares to confirm the future qualifications offer at 14-16, following the submission of formal advice to the Welsh Government.

The agenda in summary:

  • The future shape of 14-16 qualifications in Wales - key findings from the initial consultation;
  • A case study on the implementation of the new curriculum and qualifications outside Wales;
  • Priorities for the new qualifications: range of subjects, grading systems, the future of the GCSE brand and ensuring the reliability of results for comparability and decision-making:
  • Qualification design and learning from best practice; and
  • Delivering effective qualifications: methods of assessment, depth vs. breadth, and shaping the qualifications offer to effectively support pathways into further education and training.


Keynote Speaker

Emyr George

Director, Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales

Keynote Speaker

Emyr George

Director, Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales


Councillor Jennifer Raynor

Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Swansea Council


Viv Buckley

Deputy Principal, Bridgend College

Ravi Pawar

Headteacher, Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend

Elaine Carlile

Director of Qualifications, Assessment and Responsible Officer, WJEC

Ben Jordan

Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS