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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


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

The discussion comes with the new school curriculum, due to take effect in 2022.

This conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to consider the new guidance issued by the Welsh Government aimed at helping schools design their curriculums, in advance of further developments expected after Easter including:

The agenda also looks at:

  • shaping 14-16 qualifications to complement the incoming new curriculum,
  • developing confidence in the new qualifications - in Wales and internationally, and
  • the design of future qualifications and progression to further study and employment.

We expect discussion on key issues raised in response to Qualified for the future as Qualifications Wales conclude the consultation on principles for future 14-16 qualifications - examining what the future qualifications might look like and the range of options, including in vocational learning.

Delegates will consider the proposals it sets out, including:

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

Speakers and chair

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Emyr George, Director, Qualifications Policy and Reform, Qualifications Wales.

Further confirmed speakers include: Maggie Ayre, Young Enterprise; Viv Buckley, Bridgend College; Elaine Carlile, WJEC; Ben Jordan, UCAS and Ravi Pawar, Bryntirion Comprehensive School, Bridgend. 

The seminar will be chaired in part by: Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Swansea Council.

The agenda in summary

  • The future shape of 14-16 qualifications in Wales - key findings from the initial consultation;
  • Implementation of the new curriculum and qualifications outside Wales - a case study;
  • 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.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Seminars organised by the Policy Forum for Wales typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with a range of interested officials who have reserved places representing the Welsh Government as well as representatives from Career Wales and the Intellectual Property Office.

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

Maggie Ayre

Regional Manager, South West England and South and Mid Wales, Young Enterprise

Phil McTague

Core Lead, GwE