Review of post-16 qualifications at level 2 and below

ASCL response to the DfE's consultation on the review of post-16 qualifications at level 2 and below. 
ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this consultation. Our Blueprint for a Fairer Education System sets out our proposals for a fairer education system. Working with organisations such as the Education Policy Institute, the National Foundation for Educational Research and Public First, our Blueprint includes evidence which supports the benefits of a more equal society, and recommends actions that both policymakers and school and college leaders might take to move towards an education system which promotes social equality and improves the life chances of children, young people and adults from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes those who start out taking level 2 and below qualifications at post-16, which is the subject of this consultation.  

We believe strongly that any changes to level 1 and level 2 qualifications should start with the needs and aspirations of students who study at these levels. There should not be change for the sake of it. Any changes made should ensure that those who take these qualifications to progress to further study or employment should be able to do so without facing any barriers, whether educational, social or financial.

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