On Wednesday 9 September 2020, there will be an Opposition Day Debate on the subject of “The personal role and involvement of the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Education in this summer’s exams fiasco”. This will take place in the House of Commons.

This House of Commons briefing paper discusses the impact of easing lockdown restriction on the FE and HE sectors in England. The paper outlines issues such as: re-opening campuses, prospective students numbers in 2020/21, temporary students numbers controls, delivery of courses in 2020/21 and the Higher Education Restructuring Regime. It also highlights issues such as the impact on graduate employability and catch up funding for FE colleges.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are schools introduced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government, originally for 14-19 year olds, that work alongside employers and universities to deliver technical education and core curriculum subjects. This briefing sets out their conception, introduction, performance, and future direction.