The Future of the School Sixth Form

09:00 - 15:30, 26 June 2018 London

Our experts’ insight into the present and future of post-16 education

The nature of post-16 education is changing significantly, and a clear overview of the whole post-16 landscape and consideration of strategies going forward is essential for all school leaders, particularly with the closure of school sixth forms and FE colleges, sixth form colleges converting to 16-19 academies, and colleges merging and running MATs.

This one-day course provides delegates with the most current available information, and outlines key management strategies, as well as potential strategies for future high quality post-16 provision in schools, academies and colleges.

Key discussion points include: 

  • continuing and real terms decreases in funding levels 

  • the impact of changes to post-16 qualifications (including the applied general qualification and the introduction of T levels)

  • changes to the 16-19 performance tables and the latest Ofsted school inspection framework

Suitable for members of the senior leadership team, business leaders, middle leaders and new heads of sixth form.







Registration and refreshments


The Changing Vocational Landscape: T levels and beyond
Kevin Gilmartin, ASCL Post-16 Specialist
As the government continues with its plan for the introduction of T levels, Kevin explores the impact this will have on sixth form vocational provision. What will the transition year look like, and where does this leave the future of the applied general qualification?


The Changing 16-19 Curriculum
Suzanne O'Farrell, ASCL Curriculum and Assessment Specialist

  • What we know about the changing landscape – trends in qualifications, subject choices, vocational options & EPQ

  • What are the immediate effects?

  • The impact of linear exams

  • What should feature in a good 16-19 curriculum?



Refreshment break


Sixth Form Funding and Curriculum Affordability: How to test your curriculum plan for viability
Julia Harnden, ASCL Funding Specialist




2019: An Ofsted Odyssey
Stephen Rollett, ASCL Inspections and Accountability Specialist

As Ofsted moves towards a new inspection framework for 2019, this session will explore some of the emerging themes and illustrate how the direction of travel is already evident in recent changes that have been made.


Refreshment break


Q and A Panel
Delegates have the opportunity to ask questions about any of the topics covered today, or any other post-16 issues