Highlights of the week ending 19 November

This week Nadhim Zahawi announced, during the Second Reading of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, that the Government’s level 3 reform timetable would be extended by a year, meaning no funding will be removed from qualifications overlapping with T Levels until 2024 at the earliest. Though this was welcomed, many also felt the extension did not go far enough. During the debate many MPs spoke in favour of retaining high quality Applied General and BTEC qualifications. The Secretary of State also announced relaxations relating to English and maths exist requirements for T Levels, in order to encourage more students to take the new qualifications.