In September 2020, the phased introduction of T Levels began for students in England, offering young people a rigorous technical alternative to A Levels. Three years on, there are now over 10,000 students studying T Levels across 16 subject areas with an additional two subjects in Legal Services and Agriculture, Land Management and Production being added in September 2023. Whilst the rollout in the first three years has demonstrated encouraging progress, there have also been some implementation challenges to the programme, centred around teacher recruitment and retention, industry placements and consistency of course excellence. In March 2023, the Education Secretary announced the delay in the introduction of four subjects due to concerns over quality assurance: Hair, Beauty and Aesthetics; Craft and Design; Media Broadcast and Production; and Catering.
Recognising the need to address these challenges, the Government underpinned its commitment to the offer with significant investment, including £3.8bn in further education and skills across this Parliament, £1.6bn of which will be used for T Levels delivery. Furthermore, an additional £400m has been announced for providers to improve buildings and facilities, as well as a 10% uplift in T Level revenue funding and a new £12m Employer Support Fund to help with industry placements. Whilst this funding will help deliver T Levels in the years to come, in order to ensure their continued success, it is vital to improve awareness amongst students, teachers, parents and employers, enhance progression routes and deliver high quality industry placements for young people.
This timely online live conference offers an invaluable opportunity for key partners from schools, FE providers, universities, local authorities, awarding bodies, training providers and employers to explore the lessons learned from the first three years of T Levels, examine what has worked well and discuss how to tackle the latest implementation challenges ahead of the wider rollout. The webinar provides a key platform to consider the impact of the latest T Levels Action Plan and explore how to harness the power of collaboration to strengthen local partnerships. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from best practice and share ideas to improve the delivery of high-quality technical education that meets the skills needs of the future, drive levelling up and improve social mobility for young people across the country.
Resource - Introduction of T Levels
Guidance - 18th March 2021: T Level Industry Placements Delivery Guidance
Guidance - 17th December 2021: T Levels: Next Steps for Providers
Guidance - 4th March 2022: T Level Resources for Universities
Guidance - 13th April 2022: T Level Funding
News - 11th May 2022: T Level Rollout Takes Next Steps
News - 24th October 2022: Providers Committed to Making T levels a Success, But Challenges Remain
Report - 24th October 2022: A Review of the Quality of T-level Courses: Interim Report
Policy Paper - T Level Action Plan
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