I4P Public Lecture – Olly Newton, The Edge Foundation

27th Apr 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

‘Technical and Professional Education: Twenty Years of Policy Making‘

The last two decades have seen rapid change in the field of technical and professional education in England. Apprenticeships have been reintroduced following a period in the wilderness and more than half a million people now start an apprenticeship annually. Successive governments have tried to tackle the wider issue of improving vocational education with reforms from 14-19 Diplomas to Lord Sainsbury’s recent review proposing 15 technical and professional routes. This lecture will examine the landscape and motivations of these changes and provide a behind-the-scenes insight into how policy is made and how the worlds of policy development and research/academia can better align.


  • 5.30pm – Registration and Refreshments
  • 6.00pm – Lecture
  • 7.30pm – Reception and Networking


Olly is Director of Policy and Research at The Edge Foundation.  His job is to find out what works in technical, practical and professional learning, both here in the UK and worldwide. Drawing on a wide range of facts, figures, research and empirical evidence, he works with colleagues to present accurate and up to date information to policy makers, practitioners and the media. Olly has worked for ten years in the Department for Education, most recently as Head of Apprenticeship Strategy. Olly is based in Sheffield and outside work, he volunteers with the Scout Association.