Today the report by the independent panel on technical education, chaired by Lord Sainsbury, was published. In parallel, the Government published its Skills Plan which responds to the panel's recommendations and sets out our overarching framework for the skills system.
Together, they herald the most radical reforms to post-16 education since A Levels were introduced. The Skills Plan presents a vision of a radically simplified system, with students presented with the clear choice of a high quality technical option at age 16, alongside the already highly regarded academic option. Building on the apprenticeship reforms, the technical option will provide students with a clear line of sight from education into skilled employment. Further details on how the reforms will be implemented will be provided in the autumn.
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