Countdown to T Levels National Conference: Delivering New Pathways to Success

Date:     Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Time:     10:00am - 2:45pm

Venue:  ONLINE Live Conference

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The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 signalled the biggest reform to technical education in a generation. Building on its Post-16 Skills Plan, the Government unveiled an ambitious policy centred around the introduction of a two-year technical programme for young people aged 16-19 called T Levels to sit alongside A Levels and Apprenticeships.

Following an extensive consultation process on the design and roll-out of T Levels, the phased introduction is now almost upon us with the first three subject pathways due to be delivered in September 2020: Construction, Digital, and Education & Childcare. An additional seven T Levels will follow from September 2021, with the remainder to be rolled out from September 2022 onwards. The Government’s current aim is for all T Levels to be introduced by September 2023. To underpin its commitment to T Levels, the Chancellor recently announced an additional £400m boost in 2020-2021 for the post-16 and further education sector, including £25m to support the first T Level providers and ensure their successful delivery in the first year.

As we get closer to the introduction of the first T Levels, this special online national conference will tackle the latest implementation challenges. Vital to the success of T Levels is raising awareness amongst students, teachers, parents and employers to ensure there is enough take-up of the courses. The conference provides an invaluable platform to examine the wider impact of T Levels on the post-16 education pathway and explore how the new framework can transform technical education and vocational skills across the country. In addition to receiving a policy update from the Department for Education, participants will also consider how the T Level roll-out could shape the future curriculum of their school or college.

This live online conference offers a timely opportunity for key partners including FE colleges, schools, local authorities, awarding bodies, training providers and employers to come together to learn, share ideas and explore how they can work in partnership to ensure that T Levels deliver high-quality technical education for every young person from the first year and beyond.

Resource - Introduction of T Levels

Latest News - 12th February 2019: Providers selected to deliver T Levels in academic year 2020 to 2021

Latest News - 7th October 2019: T Level campaign launches to help accelerate young people to ‘NexT Level’

Latest News - 9th January 2020: T Levels: next steps for providers

Latest News - 7th February 2020: T Level providers to benefit from £110m boost

Latest News - 11th June 2020: Education Secretary accelerates T Level roll-out

Latest News - 3rd July 2020: New package of support for T Level industry placements


Delegate Online Login


Introduction by Conference Organiser


Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


Morning Panel Session:
New Pathways to Success – Transforming Technical Education

  • Expanding the Awareness and Understanding of what T Levels Offer Students, Parents and Employers
  • Upskilling Staff – Utilising T Level Knowledge Hubs and Institutes of Technology to Enhance Teaching Skills, Subject Knowledge and Confidence in Teachers to Deliver Programmes in Every Area
  • Ensuring Recruitment and Retention of Staff from Year One and Beyond
  • Embedding Excellence from the Start by Providing High-Quality Standards, Qualifications and Occupational Maps
  • Developing Pathways to Success – Creating Clear Routes for Student Progression into Employment, Higher-Level Study or Degree and Higher Apprenticeships

  • 11:20am

    Comfort Break


    Question Time: Morning Panel Debate & Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Keynote Address: Countdown to T Levels – The National Picture

  • Understanding the National Picture – Examining the Reforms to Technical Education and the T Levels Action Plan
  • Update on the Rollout of the First Three T Levels: Education & Childcare, Construction and Digital
  • Examining the Details of the Full T Level Specification and Implications for First Year Providers
  • Future-Proofing T Levels – Meeting the Skills Needs of Tomorrow

  • 12:20pm

    Keynote Question Time and Panel Debate


    Comfort Break


    Afternoon Panel Session:
    Tackling T Level Implementation Challenges – Delivering Success from Year One and Beyond

  • Exploring Findings from the Research to Date: What is Working Well, Key Challenges and Suggested Actions
  • Working in Partnership with FE Colleges, Schools, Employment Providers, Awarding Bodies, Local Authorities and Industry to Design, Develop and Implement T Levels
  • Building Relationships and Engaging with Employers to Deliver High Quality Placements
  • Overcoming Geographical Challenges – Ensuring T Level Industry Placements are Available for Students in Every Area, including in Rural Settings
  • Opportunities for All – Ensuring T Levels are Available and Flexible for Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Looking to the Future – Ensuring the Successful Rollout of Additional Routes

  • 2:00pm

    Comfort Break


    Question Time: Afternoon Panel Debate & Discussion


    Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments


    End of Online Conference

    Department for Education

    Sue Lovelock, Director, Professional and Technical Education, Department for Education (DfE)


    Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges


    Charlotte Eales, Head of Technical Education Relationship Management Team, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education


    Suzanne Straw, Deputy Head of Research, National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

    Department for Education

    Probash Chowdhury FRSB, T Level Ambassador and Former Chair of Healthcare Science T Level Advisory Panel, Department for Education (DfE)


    Sam Dilliway-Davies, Head of T Level Professional Development, Education and Training Foundation

    Nicole Walker, T Level Professional Development Programme Manager, Education and Training Foundation

    Make UK

    Bhavina Bharkhada, Senior Campaigns and Skills Policy Manager, MakeUK - The Manufacturers' Association

    Truro and Penwith College

    Julian Roberts, Head of Employability, Industry Placements and Transition, Truro and Penwith College (2020 T Level Provider)

    Barnsley College

    David Akeroyd, Vice Principal Technical and Professional Education, Barnsley College (2020 T Level Provider)

    • Representatives from FE Colleges
    • Representatives from Schools
    • Headteachers
    • Deputy Headteachers
    • Local Education Authority Officers
    • Central Government Departments
    • Principals
    • Assistant & Vice Principals
    • Directors of Curriculum
    • Curriculum Managers
    • Directors of Studies
    • Directors of Quality
    • Heads of Vocational Education
    • Quality Assurance Practitioners
    • Standards Leads
    • Further Education Lecturers
    • Heads of Teaching & Learning
    • Registrars & Academic Registrars
    • Heads of Employment & Skills
    • Heads of Work-based Learning
    • Qualifications Managers
    • Teaching & Learning Specialists
    • Business Development Managers
    • Heads of Strategic Partnerships
    • Heads of Career Pathways
    • Strategic Partnership Managers
    • Neighbourhood Co-ordinators
    • Local Authority 14-19 Managers
    • Local Authority 14-19 Officers
    • Key Delivery Partners from Education & Childcare, Construction & Digital Sectors
    • Training Providers
    • Academics & Researchers
    • Industry & Private Sector
    • Awarding Bodies

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