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Accelerating the Rollout of T Levels: Shaping the Future of Technical Education

Date:     Thursday 11th July 2024

Time:     10:00am - 3:30pm

Venue:  ONLINE Live Conference - Check Your System / Device Compatibility


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In September 2020, the phased introduction of T Levels began for students in England, offering a rigorous technical alternative to A Levels. Four years on, 16,000 students have now studied all or a part of a T Level since their launch. From September 2024, eighteen T Level courses will be available to students at over 160 schools and colleges in a wide range of subjects, including health and science, agriculture, digital, and legal services.

Across this Parliament, the Government invested £3.8bn into further education and skills, including £1.6bn for T Levels delivery. Furthermore, at least £150m has been allocated for providers to improve buildings and facilities, as well a 10% funding boost to support the scaling up of T Levels in this next academic year. Despite these funding commitments the General Election has put the spotlight on the future of T Levels, and there are many questions centred on the potential direction a new government may take on technical education. Despite this uncertainty, T Level delivery will continue and key implementation challenges still need to be addressed in the near-term, including concerns over the recruitment and retention of both students and teachers, industry placements, assessment, and overall course quality.

This Policy Foresight online live conference offers a timely opportunity for key partners from schools, FE providers, local authorities, awarding bodies, training providers and employers to examine the impact that the outcome of the General Election will have on the future of T Levels, as well as further education and skills policy more broadly. Additionally, with the T Level rollout continuing in September, participants will have an invaluable chance to learn from best practice and explore how to improve the recruitment of students and teachers, enhance course content and strengthen collaboration with employers to deliver successful industry placements that can ensure that T Levels delivers a high-quality technical qualification for all students.

Why Attend?

  • Live webinar featuring presentations and panel discussions with a wide range of policymakers and key officials
  • Hear about the potential impact that the outcome of the General Election will have on the future of T Levels
  • Gather knowledge from experts on successfully designing, developing and delivering T Levels
  • Explore how to overcome T Level implementation challenges, including the recruitment and retention of teachers and students, ensuring high-quality course content and improving progression routes into apprenticeships, higher education and employment
  • Examine how to strengthen collaboration & engagement with employers to ensure successful placements for students
  • Learn best practice from experts developing and delivering T Levels nationally
  • Interactive Question Time sessions with opportunities to engage with all speakers
  • Share ideas with fellow participants from further education, employers, industry, awarding bodies, local government and other key statutory agencies
  • On Demand – Exclusive access to speaker presentations and post-event resources

  • Resource - Introduction of T Levels

    Report - 24th October 2022: A Review of the Quality of T-level Courses: Interim Report

    Guidance - 23rd October 2023: T Level Industry Placements Delivery Guidance

    Guidance - 1st February 2024: T Levels: Next Steps for Providers

    Guidance - 13th February 2024: T Level Funding

    Guidance - 4th March 2024: T Level Resources for Universities

    Policy Paper - T Level Action Plan: 2023-2024

    9:30am

    Delegate Online Login


    10:00am

    Introduction by Webinar Organiser


    10:05am

    Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Paul Bailey, Associate Director - T Level Professional Development, Education and Training Foundation


    10:10am

    Keynote Session:

    Transforming Technical Education through T Levels – The National Picture after the General Election

  • Looking to the future – Exploring the impact of the outcome of the General Election on the future of T Levels, and further education and skills policy
  • Improving the delivery of T Levels during a time of political change
  • Bridging the skills gap after the Election – Ensuring FE provision responds to local and national skills needs
  • Catherine Sezen, Director of Education Policy, Association of Colleges


    10:30am

    Keynote Session: Questions and Discussion


    10:50am

    Comfort Break


    11:00am

    Panel Session One:

    Better Preparing Students, Teachers and Providers for T Levels

  • Raising the profile – Improving awareness of what T Levels offer students, providers and employers
  • Supporting students to successfully progress from T Level Transition Programmes to their T Levels study
  • Adapting and improving curriculum planning, content and delivery to meet industry standards
  • Upgrading facilities – Using the T Levels Capital Fund (TLCF) to modernise facilities and ensure students have access to industry-standard specialist equipment
  • Upskilling staff – Enhancing professional development to advance teaching skills, subject knowledge and industry links
  • Stephanie Crane, Delivery Lead - T Level Programmes, Association of Colleges

    Morag Davis, Group Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation, Nelson and Colne College Group

    Clare Appleby, Regional Relationship Manager, Education and Training Foundation


    11:50am

    Panel Session One: Questions and Discussion


    12:05pm

    Comfort Break


    12:35pm

    Panel Session Two:

    T Levels Delivery – Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges

  • Delivering consistently high-quality provision – Addressing shortcomings in T Level course content
  • Enhancing progression pathways – Delivering clear routes into higher education, apprenticeships or employment
  • Tackling assessment and qualification challenges
  • Keeping student experience at the heart of T Levels – Ensuring courses meet the needs of all learners, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)
  • Overcoming the difficulty of recruiting and retaining industry specialist teachers
  • Mark Taylor, Head of School - Construction and the Built Environment, Science, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing & Automotive Technologies, Preston College


    1:35pm

    Panel Session Two: Questions and Discussion


    1:50pm

    Comfort Break


    2:05pm

    Panel Session Three:

    Strengthening Collaboration with Employers to Deliver Successful Placements

  • Closing the skills gap - Ensuring T Levels meets the needs of employers and the local, regional and national economy
  • Improving local partnerships – Enhancing relationships with employers to help students secure placements
  • Delivering high-quality course content that adequately prepares students for industry placements
  • Addressing geographical challenges – Ensuring students in every area have access to appropriate placements, including in rural settings
  • Utilising the Employer Placement Fund for set-up expenses, equipment and staff training
  • Patrick Craven, Director of Policy, Strategic Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds

    Kim Smith, Regional Lead for Technical Education and Enterprise, North East Combined Authority

    Kathryn Partington, Organisational Development Consultant, Apprenticeships, HR & Organisational Development Team, Wiltshire Council

    Iain Hook, Careers & Engagement Team Lead, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust


    3:05pm

    Panel Session Three: Questions and Discussion


    3:25pm

    Final Questions and Chair's Summary & Closing Comments


    3:30pm

    End of Online Conference

    *Please note the programme and timings are subject to slight alteration without notice

    AoC

    Catherine Sezen, Director of Education Policy, Association of Colleges


    ET-Foundation

    Clare Appleby, Regional Relationship Manager, Education and Training Foundation


    AoC

    Stephanie Crane, Delivery Lead - T Level Programmes, Association of Colleges


    City & Guilds

    Patrick Craven, Director of Policy, Strategic Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds


    Nelson and Colne College Group

    Morag Davis, Group Executive Director of Strategy and Transformation, Nelson and Colne College Group


    Preston College

    Mark Taylor, Head of School - Construction and the Built Environment, Science, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing & Automotive Technologies, Preston College


    NECA

    Kim Smith, Regional Lead for Technical Education and Enterprise, North East Combined Authority


    Wiltshire Council

    Kathryn Partington, Organisational Development Consultant, Apprenticeships, HR & Organisational Development Team, Wiltshire Council


    UHMBT

    Iain Hook, Careers & Engagement Team Lead, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust


    ET-Foundation

    Paul Bailey (Chair & Moderator), Regional Head of Engagement - South East, East and London, Education and Training Foundation


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