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14-19 Diplomas- A missed opportunity?

October 19, 2023 @ 2:30 pm 4:00 pm

Chair Sir David Bell Speakers: Lord Jim Knight, Prof Prue Huddleston, Nicola McLeod, Ian Pryce CBE.

Following the Tomlinson Review in 2003-4 and a White Paper in 2005, 14-19 Diplomas were launched in September 2008. These new qualifications were designed to bridge the gap between general and vocational education, giving young people the opportunity to study a broad and balanced range of subjects through the lens of a particular sector. Available across 14 lines of learning and at three different levels, Diplomas were one of the biggest and most ambitious changes to the education system in decades.

Despite almost £300m of investment, Diplomas were brought to an end with the change of government in 2010, with only a few thousand young people ever taking the qualifications. Some people have called this the greatest missed opportunity of educational change in the last thirty years.

Join Edge and this stellar panel of colleagues who were deeply involved at the time as we look back but also look forward, thinking about the lessons learned from this important policy for today and for the future.


October 19, 2023
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
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