T levels and the Post 16 Skills Plan
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From September 2020 to 2023, over 20,000 courses are being replaced with 15 routes into academic and technical options, known as T levels (T stands for 'technical') as a result of the Post 16 Skills Plan (2016). They are an alternative to A levels and are at level 3. They last for two years, are for those aged 16 and above, and include a period of work experience. They will be equivalent to three A levels.
Lord Sainsbury’s Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education (2016) recommended each route has a common core which will include English, maths and digital skills, as well as a “specialisation towards a skilled occupation or set of occupations”.You can download a guide from City & Guilds regarding Teaching, Learning and Assessment of T Level Qualifications.
Applied General is a new category of Level 3 vocational qualification. Like T Levels, they are taken over two years and are available for those aged 16 and above.
Applied General qualifications cover broader subject areas than T Levels. Rather than focusing on a specific occupation, learners are supported to develop transferable skills in areas such as science, business or sport.
Upon completion of a T Level or an applied general qualification, learners will be able to progress to higher education, complete a higher apprenticeship, or start work.
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T Level Professional Development (TLPD) is available from the Education and Training Foundation. It is to support staff delivering T Levels with the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence they need for the benefit of their learners. Click the blue image for details.
The Prevent Duty isn't about preventing people from having religious, political or other views. It's about preventing them from being radicalised and drawn into terrorism.
The Prevent Duty is part of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (2015).
You should be required to attend a training session at your organisation to ensure that you are up to date with the requirements. Following it will be part of your job role.
Guidance from the Department for Education for further education providers (in England) regarding the Prevent duty in work-based learning environments can be accessed here.
Here are a few relevant weblinks you might like to check out:
ETF: Prevent Support
Home Office: Prevent Strategy 2011
Home Office: Prevent Duty Guidance
Home Office: Prevent duty in further education and skills providers
Home Office: Prevent duty in higher education
Home Office: Prevent duty videos
If you work in education in Great Britain, you will need to consider how you can promote fundamental British Values. If your organisation is inspected by Ofsted, they will be looking for evidence of this.
However, perhaps it’s not just about British Values, it could be considered 'everyone’s values'.
British Values are taken from the Prevent Strategy (2011).
According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
the rule of law
tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith.
Learners will need to know about these and understand how they can affect their role in society. They will need to know what is right and wrong, and how they should respect the law. They should also know how to accept responsibility for their actions, respect others, and understand how they can contribute to society in a positive way. If you get the opportunity, you could hold a discussion, or carry out an activity with your learners based around the values.
Ways to promote British Values can include:
discussing and researching how democracy and the law works in Britain, for example, comparing it to governments in other countries
encouraging learners to make independent choices and express their views, with the knowledge that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment
exploring with learners what it means to be British, and what they think the values mean
holding discussions which give learners the opportunity to learn how to defend their points of view and respect others’ views
inviting guest speakers from different faiths and beliefs to talk to learners and answer any questions they have
preparing learners for life and employment in a modern civilised society
promoting democracy in action by encouraging learners to speak up, knowing they will be listened to
using learning materials which represent all aspects of society
enabling learners to vote for members to be on educational committees.
Here are some weblinks you might like to check out:
The Key for School Governors: Promoting British values in schools