Morning, Thursday, 9th July 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the implementation of T Levels - focussing on:
- content and assessment,
- support for providers, and
- student inclusion, following recent confirmation that the first wave will be introduced on schedule in September.
The discussion in detail:
The T Level first wave
- Assessing preparation and the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on:
- Addressing issues raised by the NFER including:
- engaging more employers in industry placements,
- concerns surrounding the long term recruitment of staff, and
- ensuring a smooth transition for students to higher education.
T Levels in the education market
- The status of T Levels within the wider 16-19 vocational technical education landscape, looking at:
- the fit of T Levels with existing provision,
- transition from Level 2 qualification to T Levels following the DfE announcement of the T Level Transition Programme for 16-19 year olds who are not ready to begin a T Level,
- how learning and best practice can be shared amongst stakeholders, and
- T Levels in relation to the Apprenticeship Reform Programme which is due to move into its next phase following the close of its initial five-year transformation period this year.
The relationship with employers
- Involvement of businesses - and the potential impact of initiatives announced by the DfE, including:
- an employer support package including new guidance to support employers and providers,
- a new £7m pilot scheme to explore ways to cover the costs, and
- ‘How to’ guides, workshops, and other practical support for employers to assist in the delivery of the industry placement element of the new qualification.
- Accessibility of the industry placement - required to last at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days - looking at concerns including:
- lack of large employers in rural areas and challenges for students in travelling to and from placements,
- issues with securing industry-relevant employer placements,
- difficulties for post-16 students with part-time jobs or caring responsibilities, and
- competition for placements with other work-based learning courses.
Resources and awareness
- Funding - with the gap between technical and academic education larger in UK than in other leading European countries, including:
- the impact of funding proposals for T Levels on groups of people with protected characteristics,
- funding for Maths and English, and the one-off payment system, with colleges calling payments throughout each year or an increase in support for students needing extra teaching, and
- steps to facilitate students with special education needs and disabilities and those at young offender institutions.
- Marketing - approaches to raising awareness of the new qualification amongst students and their households, and in schools.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
- As the education sector and employers prepare for the implementation of the first wave of T Levels qualifications following the recent publication of the content for the first three T Levels and confirmation from the Government that their introduction will go ahead as planned;
- With rising calls for delays to be made to the launch of the first wave due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant uncertainty;
- With preparations continuing to be made ahead of T Levels to be launched in 2023 as the IFATE launches a consultation on the outline content further T Levels;
- NFER’s follow-up research - How are providers preparing for delivery? - which provided an update on the steps that providers are taking to implement the new qualification;
- Following the recent announcement by the Government of a further £110m to facilitate the delivery of the new qualifications, with:
- £95m invested through the T Level Capital Fund from 2021 to ensure that students have access to high quality equipment and facilities, and
- a further £15m on the expansion of T Level Professional Development (TLPD) which aims to support the development of FE leaders and teachers.
- The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education inviting awarding bodies to develop further qualifications for wave three: legal, finance and accounting; engineering and manufacturing; and business and administration.
- Key policy priorities ahead of the implementation of the first wave;
- Implementing T Levels and their potential contribution to the wider vocational system;
- Design and assessment of the new qualification - supporting providers, preparing the workforce and ensuring quality;
- Delivering the first wave of T Levels - content and standards; and
- Delivering the industry placements - funding, accessibility and inclusion.
Policy officials attending:
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Education; the Cabinet Office; the DCMS; the Department for International Trade; the Government Digital Service; the Ministry of Defence and the Valuation Office Agency.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference