Higher Education and 14-19 Reforms Conference
09 Dec 2008
Matching access to expectations: implications for higher education. Held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London

Higher education strongly influences the choices made by 14-19 year-olds and their parents. The involvement and support of higher education institutions will be critical to the success of both Diplomas and wider 14-19 reforms. The introduction of Diplomas and reforms to 14-19 qualifications will have a direct impact on higher education institutions. All universities must publish course-specific entry requirements for revised A-levels and Diplomas by February 2009. The reforms will require changes to curriculum and assessment methods and may create a much wider pool of talent from school and colleges, meaning new patterns of demand for different and new higher education courses, despite the overall fall in the 18 year old population. Attendees at this conference heard how higher education institutions are acting now to implement the reforms at both a strategic and practical level, working to develop new curriculum content, progression agreements and entry requirements and getting involved with local consortia to deliver Diplomas.

Programme
John O Leary
Welcome and introduction

Phil Harley
Understanding the 14-19 changes - what it means for Higher Education

Mary Curnock Cook
The changing qualifications landscape

Gareth Griffiths
The role of Higher Education in 14-19 Strategic Partnerships

Professor Deian Hopkin
The new spectrum for engaging young people in higher education

Questions and discussion
Session 1

Sarah McCarthy-Fry MP
Keynote address

Graeme Atherton & Dafydd Thorne
Release of: Getting behind the Lines of Learning

Panel discussion
Session 3

Phil Harley
Interview on the new 14-19 Diplomas

Professor Deian Hopkin
Response to the Minister's speech

Ian Hughes - DCSF
Interview on widening participation

Malcolm Carr-West
Interview on the new 14-19 Diplomas

Graeme Atherton & Dafydd Thorne
Interview on Aimhigher

Patrick Nash
Interview on support available to teachers implementing the Diplomas