The story so far

At the end of 2019, we consulted on how we should approach the work of agreeing how qualifications for 14 to 16-year-olds should change in future.

Our online consultation ran from 18 November 2019 to 7 February 2020.  

In our consultation, we set out our vision for future qualifications. We proposed a set of guiding principles that should shape the future range of qualifications for 16-year-olds. We also asked about what should happen with GCSEs and the Skills Challenge Certificate.  

We commissioned Arad, an independent research provider, to host our consultation and to analyse the responses to it. A link to key documents can be found below. 




Below, you can read about our decisions following the consultation and our advice to the Minister for Education about the approach we will take to consider and agree how qualifications should change in future.