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This one day seminar comes ahead of the implementation of the first wave of T Level qualifications in digital, construction, education and childcare from September 2020, with a further 10 to be taught from 2021 and a further 15 by the end September 2023.
It follows the announcement from the DfE of 64 further providers to deliver the second wave of T Levels by 2021 bringing the total to more than 100 further education providers.
Discussions will be held on the status of T Levels within the context of the wider 16-19 vocational technical education landscape.
Delegates will consider issues around clarifying progression routes, looking at:
• the fit of T Levels with existing provision
• transition from Level 2 qualification to T Levels
• how learning and best practice can be shared amongst stakeholders.
The seminar takes place at the expected time of publication of the qualification specifications, amidst concerns surrounding the timescale between publication and the first teaching from September 2020 not allowing for detailed planning and teacher training.
It also follows the launch of the tender process for the second wave of T Levels by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, following the award of contracts to NCFE and Pearson to deliver the content of the first wave of T Levels.
The seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the potential impact of recent initiatives announced by the DfE to encourage the involvement of businesses, including:
• an employer support package, including new guidance to support employers and providers
• a new £7m pilot scheme to explore ways to cover the costs
• ‘how to’ guides, workshops and other practical support for employers to assist in the delivery of the industry placement element of the new qualification.
Further sessions consider concerns surrounding accessibility of the industry placement - required to last at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days - including:
• lack of large employers in rural areas;
• challenges for students in travelling to and from placements
• difficulties for post-16 students with part-time jobs or caring responsibilities
• competition for placements with other work-based learning courses.
It follows the Government’s move to change from the original plan of one long placement to allow up to two employers to offer the industry placement with a view to making the qualification more accessible.
The seminar follows the announcement of the first 11 colleges and schools to benefit from the £38m capital fund for T Levels, including help building new classrooms and refurbishing buildings in readiness for the introduction of the first wave of the new technical qualifications in September 2020.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss approaches to marketing the new qualification as the government announces an additional £3.75m for 2019-2020 to assist providers in recruiting young people.
We also expect discussion on the implications of the government Provider funding for the delivery of T Levels equality assessment analysing the impact of funding proposals for T Levels on groups of people with protected characteristics.
Areas for consideration include the funding rate for Maths and English, consisting of plans for a one-off payment of £750 per student, amidst calls from colleges for the Department to make payments throughout each year of a T Level programme or to increase the rate to support students in need of the extra teaching.
Further sessions will consider steps to facilitate students with special education needs and disabilities by allowing them use of on-site facilities for a maximum of 105 hours of the placement, whilst students studying at young offender institutions can complete their full placements in these simulated environments.