Implementing the T level Programme – content, regulation and assessment
Monday 29th April, London
This timely conference will examine the next steps for the implementation of the T-Level programme, as stakeholders prepare for the first wave of T-Levels due to be taught from 2020 and with Government currently consulting on funding arrangements for the delivery of T-Levels from 2020 onwards.
It also follows the announcement from the Education Secretary of the T-Levels Action Plan which confirmed the next wave of seven T-Levels that will be taught from 2021 – health, healthcare science, science, onsite construction, building services engineering, digital support and services and digital business services.
Delegates will discuss the design of the curricula, following the publication of the final content of the first wave of qualifications from the Institute for Apprenticeships in Summer 2018. The seminar follows the recent announcement by the Secretary of State of £38m capital funding expected to be available from Spring 2019 for the first T-Level providers.
The conference will be an opportunity to discuss key themes emerging from Ofqual’s recently published final consultation on their regulatory approach to the new qualifications – and follows the initial consultation which confirmed that the regulator will allow students to take exams more than once throughout the year, allowing them to resit without delay.
Attendees will also consider the assessment and regulation format more widely, including the potential impact of moving to a single awarding body per qualification following the announcement by the Department for Education of the awarding bodies that will develop, deliver and award the first three qualifications – alongside concerns surrounding the potential complexity of the new grading system and the potential impact of a further set of exams in the summer period, and issues around different assessment measures across various subjects.
We expect discussion on the compulsory work placement element of the T-Level, including issues of employer engagement, with a DfE report finding evidence of tension between the willingness and capability of employers to offer T-Level industry placements alongside already existing apprenticeships, and financial concerns for some employers.
Further sessions assess how to prepare the teaching workforce for delivery alongside the teaching of other qualifications, and whether changes are needed to initial teacher training in preparation for T-Levels – as well as what is needed to ensure that T-Levels deliver on their objective parity of esteem with A-Levels.