T levels – we need your views

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26 January 2018 by ATL
The National Education Union is very keen to hear the views of members on the government’s plans for T levels, which are to be fully implemented by 2022 .

The government is consulting on wide-ranging issues relating to the implementation of T levels, such as funding, qualification design, accountability and equalities. Key proposals include:

  • Reviewing all technical/vocational qualifications at level 3 and below. The aim is for the vast majority of young people to study either A levels or one of the 11 new T level qualifications at level 3.
  • T levels developed by employer panels in 11 areas, corresponding to occupational areas (eg Education and Childcare, Construction and Engineering and Manufacturing).
  • A transition year tor those students not ready to study a T level qualification and level 3.
  • T levels qualifications will consist of:
    • A technical qualification
    • A work placement of between 45 and 60 days
    • Level 2 maths and English plus occupational-specific digital skills
  • The technical qualification will include:
    • A core component assessed by examination and employability skills assessed through practical employer-set projects
    • One or more occupational specialisms - students will be assessed through practical assignments to demonstrate they have ‘threshold competence’
  • Work placements:
    • Must be relevant to the T level course and take place with an external employer
    • Do not have to be taken in one long block
    • The provider will be responsible for ensuring the student has demonstrated progress against agreed learning objectives through an Employer Reference
    • Work placement funding must be used by providers to provide additional support and assist with reasonable adjustments in the workplace where necessary, so that all students (including those with additional needs) can access and undertake a work placement

The government is asking stakeholders a series of questions on how to implement the T levels, including:

  1. What do you think the biggest challenges will be for providers and for you in delivering new T levels?
  2. What additional support do you think providers and staff will need to implement such proposals?
  3. Other comments please on the feasibility of the proposals and/or your specialist views from your area of work on whether these proposals will improve learner outcomes in your view are very welcome.

Your experience and knowledge will provide vital input to NEU’s response to this question.

Please reply with any comments in response to these questions to Janet Clark by 7 February 2018. Alternatively please email Janet to arrange a telephone conversation to discuss your views and/or the proposals in more detail.

Read the full ‘Implementation of T level programmes’ proposals and consultation questions


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