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Accelerating the Rollout of T Levels: Lessons Learned from Year Two

Date:     Thursday 7th July 2022

Time:     09:45am - 3:00pm

Venue:  ONLINE Live Webinar

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  • Who Should Attend?
  • Marketing Opportunities

In September 2020, the phased introduction of T Levels began for students in England on the first wave of subject areas in Construction, Digital, and Education & Childcare, offering a unique and prestigious technical alternative to A Levels. A further 7 T Levels were introduced this year, expanding to 24 T Levels covering 11 technical routes by 2023, prior to the national rollout in 2024.

The Government has signalled its clear intention and confidence in the wider rollout of T Levels in the current Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and its aim for T Levels to become the mainstream technical offer that can meet the skills needs of the future, drive levelling up and improve social mobility for young people across the country. In order to deliver this ‘skills revolution’, the Government announced in the autumn budget a £3.8bn investment in further education and skills across this Parliament, £1.6bn of which will be used for T Levels delivery and £830m for the ongoing funding of the building and facilities modernisation programme, T Levels Capital Fund (TLCF). Beyond the policy commitments and funding, in order to underpin the success of T Levels it is vital to promote awareness amongst students, teachers, parents and employers, improve progression routes and deliver high quality industry placements for students.

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 explore the lessons learned from the first two years of T Levels, discuss what has worked well and examine how to tackle the latest implementation challenges ahead of its wider rollout. The webinar provides a key platform to consider the impact of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and latest T Levels Action Plan and participants will have an invaluable chance to learn from best practice and explore how they can harness the power of collaboration in developing and strengthening local partnerships to ensure that T Levels deliver consistent, high quality technical education that meets the skills needs of the future.

Why Attend?

  • Live webinar featuring presentations and panel discussions with a wide range of policymakers and key officials
  • Hear key policy updates from the Department for Education on the rollout of T Levels and the impact of the reforms in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill and the latest T Levels Action Plan
  • Explore how to overcome T Level implementation challenges, including how to adapt provision for your institution
  • Acquire best practice from experts developing and delivering T Levels nationally
  • Interactive Question Time sessions with opportunities to engage with all speakers
  • Gather knowledge to successfully design, develop and deliver T Levels programmes including industry placements
  • 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

    News - 13th January 2021: £135m boost to support T Level students to succeed

    Guidance - 18th March 2021: T Level industry placements delivery guidance

    News - 27th May 2021: Cash Boost for T Levels

    Guidance - 25th June 2021: How to register to deliver T Levels in 2023 to 2024 academic year

    Guidance - 17th December 2021: T Levels: next steps for providers

    Guidance - 4th March 2022: T Level resources for universities

    News - 11th May 2022: T Level Rollout Takes Next Steps


    Delegate Online Login


    Introduction by Conference Organiser


    Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


    Keynote Session:

    Transforming Technical Education through T Levels – The National Picture

  • Transforming Technical Education – Examining the impact of the reforms in the latest T Levels Action Plan and Skills and Post-16 Education Bill
  • Lessons Learned – Exploring the successes and challenges from the first two waves of T Levels
  • Levelling Up – Ensuring FE provision responds to local and national skills needs
  • Looking to the Future: Preparing for the Wider Rollout of T Levels

  • 10:15am

    Keynote Session: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session One:

    Looking Towards 2024 – Ensuring the Successful Rollout of T Levels

  • Raising Awareness – Enhancing the understanding of what T Levels offer students, parents, providers and employers
  • Utilising the T Level Transition Programme to ensure that students are prepared for T Level study
  • Upgrading facilities – Using the T Levels Capital Fund (TLCF) to modernise facilities and ensure students have access to industry standard specialist equipment
  • Delivering learner success through high-quality standards, qualifications and occupational maps

  • 11:45am

    Panel Session One: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Two:

    Tackling Implementation Challenges

  • Creating pathways to success through clear progression routes into employment, higher-level apprenticeships or higher education
  • Upskilling staff – Improving professional development to enhance teaching skills, subject knowledge and staff retention
  • Overcoming geographical challenges – Delivering T Levels in every area including in rural settings where industry placements may be less accessible
  • Improving access to T Levels for every student including those with special educational needs and disabilities

  • 1:20pm

    Panel Session Two: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Three:

    Harnessing the Power of Collaboration – Delivering Successful Placements through Partnerships between Employers and Providers

  • Meeting the local and national skills need – Improving the link between local government, FE providers and employers to shape local skills provision and ensure placements fill skills gaps
  • Strengthening relationships with local employers to help students secure high-quality placements
  • Embedding flexibility into placements to guarantee they work for employers and students
  • Utilising the National Apprenticeship Service as a key support tool to coordinate and deliver placements

  • 2:30pm

    Panel Session Three: Questions and Discussion


    Final Questions and Chair's Summary & Closing Comments


    End of Online Conference

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


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


    Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Commissioning and Development, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education


    Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges


    Caroline Henbery, Director of Operations – Technical Education, NCFE (Northern Council for Further Education)

    City & Guilds

    Anita Crosland, Post 16 Senior Manager, Industry, Commissioning, Assessment and Development, City & Guilds Group

    Barnsley College

    Neil Johnson, Assistant Principal - Young People, Barnsley College


    Ashley Grute, Assistant Principal - Vocational Curriculum, HSDC Colleges

    Sussex NHS Commissioners

    Jill Durrant, T Level Project Manager, Sussex NHS Commissioners

    Strategic Development Network

    Colin Bentwood, Managing Director, Strategic Development Network


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

    • 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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