Policy interventions to support participation in post-compulsory education

Location sbarc|spark, Maindy Road, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Tickets Book here
Date 5 May 2022

Join us for our first in-person event at our brand new home in sbarc|spark on 5th May.


The event will bring together and build on the findings of WCPP’s various reports, exploring the issue of how the Welsh Government can increase participation, retention and achievement rates in post-compulsory education and training, focusing on the 16-19 age group, and how the legislative changes brought about by the Tertiary Education and Research (TER) Bill can be used to support this.


We’ll be bringing together experts and policymakers working on a range of issues related to post-16 education and training in Wales and England and providing an opportunity to share knowledge and experience, discuss the current evidence base, and understand what an appropriate policy mix would be to encourage continued engagement in learning and reduce early leaving, particularly for groups least engaged in learning or training.


A draft timetable of the event is as follows:

14:15-14:30 – Arrival at sbarc|spark

14:30-14:40 – Welcome from chair, Dan Bristow (WCPP)

14:40-14:50 – Overview of the post-16 education and training system by Professor Sue Maguire (IPR)

14:50-15:00 – Overview of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on post-16 education and learning loss by Dr Matt Dickson (IPR)

15:00-15:10 – Supporting 16-25 year old learners into post-compulsory education by Dr Sue Pember CBE (Holex)

15:10-15:15 – Overview of potential responses in Wales by Huw Morris (Welsh Government)

15:15-15:20 – Overview of potential responses in England by Olly Newton (Edge Foundation)

15:20-15:50 – Panel discussion: ‘Supporting participation in post-compulsory education and training’, chaired by Dan Bristow (WCPP)

15:50-16:00 – Concluding remarks from chair, Dan Bristow (WCPP)

16:00-16:30 – Coffee break and networking


A simultaneous translation may be provided for the Q&A section if there is sufficient demand.


You can sign up here.