Policy paper

Post-16 skills plan and independent report on technical education

The government’s technical education reforms, based on the work of Lord Sainsbury’s independent panel.

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Post-16 skills plan (web accessible)

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Post-16 skills plan (print ready)

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Technical education reform: the case for change


The documents are as follows:

  • ‘Post-16 skills plan’: the government’s plan to support young people and adults to secure skilled employment and meet the needs of the economy
  • ‘Report of the independent panel on technical education’: report by an independent panel set up to advise ministers on improving the quality of technical education
  • ‘Technical education reform: the case for change’: presents the available evidence on the government’s reforms

Read the T level action plan for further information about the government’s progress on the reforms to technical education, the next steps and how to get involved.

An equalities impact assessment of technical education reform is also available.

Published 8 July 2016
Last updated 30 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Removed the 2017 action plan. It's available on a separate T Level action plan page.

  2. Added 'Post-16 technical education reforms: T level action plan'.

  3. First published.