IfA extends T-levels consultation deadline AGAIN

The deadline on the latest T-levels consultation has been extended yet again, and the Institute for Apprenticeships will now give the sector until the end of the month to submit views.

The FE community was outraged last month when they were at first given just five working days to respond to the draft content of new pathways in digital (production, design and development), childcare and education, and construction (design, surveying and planning).

The deadline was extended by four working days to appease the sector, but the  new deadline date is June 29.

“To give all stakeholders the opportunity to comment, we are extending the consultation period for the three T-level outline content documents to 29 June 2018. http://ow.ly/Ozjj30kpcsD #TLevels,” the institute tweeted today.

The sector reacted with anger and confusion when FE Week revealed the original consultation deadline would span just five working days.

“An absolute joke… policymaking in technical, vocational, further and adult education one long narrative of disjointed incrementalism…” tweeted Bob Harrison.

Mark Dawe, the chief execuitve of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, branded the deadline “staggering”.

Readers can view the draft content here.

T-levels have been designed to increase the prestige of technical qualifications.

The first three will be rolled out in 2020 – a year later than originally planned – and the remaining subject routes will be rolled out in 2023 – another year later than planned.

There have been worrying signs of slippage in the timetable, and many leaders, including the IfA’s chief executive Sir Gerry Berragan (pictured above), have concerns.

Last month it was revealed that the education secretary Damian Hinds had in an unprecedented step refused a written request from his most senior civil servant to delay the initial roll-out another year until 2021.