• T-levels implementation should be delayed again, says chair of social mobility commission

    Dame Martina Milburn has called for the rollout of T-levels to be delayed for a year. While giving evidence at an education select committee hearing on Tuesday, the chair of the social mobility commission (SMC) said she agreed with Jonathan Slater’s request to postpone the implementation until 2021. She added that she was disappointed when

    17.29 Jun. 19th, 2019 | News

  • DfE begins search for provider of £80m T-level support programme

    The government is on the hunt for an organisation to design and deliver the second phase of a professional development offer for teachers delivering T-levels. A tender for a contract valued between £40 million and £82 million was launched by the Department for Education today, which set out plans for the work to start from

    13.08 Jun. 19th, 2019 | News

  • T-level students in rural areas still at disadvantage, despite DfE ‘tinkering’

    The flexibilities added to the controversial industry placement in T-levels are “helpful” but they still leave rural counties at a “distinct disadvantage”, according to a principal involved in the pilots of the programme. Last week the government launched a “package of support” to encourage more employers to offer the 315-hour minimum placements that students will

    12.00 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Awarding bodies may call for new independent funding approval process citing ‘lack of transparency’

    Awarding organisations are considering calling on the government to create an independent process for qualification funding approvals in a bid to stop decisions being driven by short-term political goals. Their representative association, the Federation of Awarding Bodies, has floated the idea of setting up an “Independent Commission for Qualification and Apprenticeship Funding Approvals”. The federation

    10.30 May. 10th, 2019 | News

  • Government must mitigate the risks of T-levels

    The technical education reforms under way have the potential to transform England’s skills and productivity record – it is vital that they are anchored in formal legal partnerships The Department for Education will shortly announce which awarding organisations will be delivering the first four T-levels – a new technical-based qualification being introduced between 2020 and

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Top DfE civil servant claims T-levels timetable is ‘on track’ following ministerial direction

    The tight T-levels timetable is “on track” and is “going well”, the Department for Education’s permanent secretary has insisted. Jonathan Slater was being quizzed by MPs on the education select committee as part of an accountability hearing, alongside education secretary Damian Hinds, this morning. He was asked if he still had concerns over the timescales

    13.13 Jan. 16th, 2019 | News

  • 2019: The year ahead in FE and skills

    2019 is set to be a big year for the FE and skills sector. While it’s still not clear what impact the biggest event of the year – Brexit – will have (on anything!), we’ve taken a look ahead at some of the other key developments expected over the coming 12 months – including the

    11.02 Jan. 11th, 2019 | News

  • T-levels could be under threat if no deal Brexit goes ahead

    The introduction of T-levels could be under threat if a “no deal” Brexit goes ahead, according to reports this morning – although the Department for Education has denied this. The Times newspaper listed the new technical qualifications as being “considered vulnerable to ‘reprioritisation’” in the event that the UK leaves the European Union at the

    9.51 Dec. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Second round of T-levels teacher programme opens

    Colleges and other post-16 providers are being urged to bid for cash to train industry experts as teachers, in the second round of the Taking Teaching Further scheme. The programme, worth £5 million, seeks to recruit industry specialists and retrain them to work in the post-16 and FE workforce with a particular focus on the

    16.27 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Where will all the T-level teachers come from?

    The ambitious plans for T-levels will surely fail unless more well-qualified staff can be attracted to the sector, warns Simon Martin In September we saw FE representatives from across the sector almost unanimously voting that the timetable for T-level implementation was “reckless”, at the parliamentary debate staged by FE Week and Pearson. But even if

    5.00 Oct. 21st, 2018 | Opinion

  • IfA consulting on content for three new T-level pathways

    The Institute for Apprenticeships is seeking input from providers, awarding organisations and employers on the draft content for three more T-level pathways. Its consultation on the three new courses – two in construction and one in digital – was launched today and runs until November 12. The new pathways, in onsite construction, building services engineering

    12.26 Oct. 15th, 2018 | News