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


This conference examines 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.

Areas for discussion include:

  • 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 areas where Qualifications Wales is seeking feedback on 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.

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.

Councillor Jennifer Raynor, Cabinet Member for Education Improvement, Learning and Skills, Swansea Council has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

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.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates