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Dear colleagues (message from The post-16 qualifications review team at DfE)

The review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below, alongside the development of T Levels, is central to building a world class education system. The review aims to simplify and streamline the current system to ensure that all qualifications approved for funding to have a distinct purpose and be necessary, support progression to good outcomes and be high quality.

DfE first stage consultation is currently open and closes on 10 June 2019; details are available here:

DfE are keen to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and gather as many views and inputs as possible. Therefore, as part of the first stage consultation, DfE would like to invite you to one of five events that are being held around the country to discuss the review and share thoughts and opinions. DfE appreciate this is short notice and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.


An agenda can be found here. As part of the day, DfE are offering attendees the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions from the five on offer. When booking your attendance at the consultation event of your choice, you will be asked to confirm which breakout sessions you wish to attend.

Each breakout session is focussed on themes from the consultation. DfE will discuss the relevant consultation questions and other any other relevant issues. The sessions are set out below and a summary of the consultation questions are contained in Annex A of the consultation document, which is available online here:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Disadvantage
  • Level 2 and below
  • Level 3
  • Pre-existing qualifications and Qualifications with low and no enrolments
  • Principles

Please note that places are limited to 100 delegates per event and to 30 or 40 per breakout session – dependent on location. Therefore, DfE ask that you send one representative per organisation.

Please use Eventbrite via the links below to book your place:

  • Please book one ticket for Admission to the Consultation Event
  • Please then book an individual ticket for each breakout session you wish to attend – the number of tickets remaining available for each are indicated
  • Please also indicate any dietary requirements when prompted.

The events are:

  1. Bristol

Date:  Wednesday 15 May


Location: Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre


2.  London

Date: Thursday 16 May

Time: 10:30-15:00

Location: Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre, Kensington


3. Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Date: Tuesday 21 May

Time: 10:30-15:00

Location: Newcastle United Football Club  


4. Manchester

Date: Wednesday 22 May

Time: 10:30-15:00

Location: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel


5. Birmingham

Date: Monday 3 June

Time: 10:30-15:00

Location: Millennium Point


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