Networks (including TRIPs)

Networks enable those involved in delivering T Levels, and those considering delivery in the future, to interact and exchange ideas and resources. This includes T Level Resource Improvement Projects (TRIPs), where providers can work together to collaborate on projects, develop solutions to shared challenges, and support quality improvement in technical teaching.

Networks are designed to happen face-to-face, virtually and online. Where face-to-face delivery is not practical or allowed due to Covid-19 we will make best use of available technology to enable participants to continue to speak, collaborate and engage with high-quality personal and professional development

Participation in Network activities is recommended for:

  • practitioners involved in the direct delivery of T Levels, including teachers and trainers.

Network events
Virtual network events give practitioners, support staff and managers the opportunity to network with providers across their region. Networks are designed to facilitate collaboration with others, develop creative partnerships and identify future CPD based on FE sector colleagues personal and professional development needs. These events take place once or twice per term, depending on demand.

Collaborative online workspaces have also been developed as part of the Network offer, to provide participants with an environment to collaborate and share information on an ongoing basis.

Networks aim to provide a forum for staff to:

  • share information, resources and toolkits to support T Level delivery
  • gain expert input from regional stakeholders
  • develop, exchange and explore new ideas and ways of working
  • reflect on and review professional development needs
  • collaborate on projects that improve T Level delivery
  • engage with employers and gain a better understanding of industry requirements.

How to apply

These events are available to book through the Booking System. Local, regional and national online network activity will start from 20 October


T Level Resource Improvement Projects (TRIPs)

These are provider-led, action research projects, which enable T Level staff to identify shared challenges and priority areas of work to support T Level delivery.

TRIPs enable practitioners, managers and specialist provider staff to develop their teaching practice for T Levels, contribute to the professional development of staff involved in delivering and supporting T Levels and, ultimately, ensure that T Level students develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours and occupational competencies required.

Examples of project themes may include: timetabling for remote teaching, programme sequencing to suit local employer requirements, developing resources for Occupation Specialisms or post-Covid-19 T Level teaching.

How are TRIPs delivered?

Providers identify a problem which would benefit from further investigation and develop proposals for collaborative project delivery. The size and scale of projects will vary dependant on scope.

Funding is available to enable a TRIP to be undertaken, subject to meeting application criteria. These include:

  • objectives must be aligned to developing or improving T Level delivery
  • a 2020 or 2021 T Level provider must take a role as the lead member / sponsor responsible for a project
  • the project must be a collaboration across key stakeholders
  • participants will be expected to support the dissemination and sharing of outcomes from projects they are involved in.

Each TRIP has a named adviser allocated to support them in the delivery of their project.

How to apply

Please find below the downloadable application forms and guidance documents for small and large TRIPs. Once you have completed the application form, please send it to TLPD@aoc.co.uk.

Large TRIPs – Application form

Large TRIPs – Guidance document

Small TRIPs – Application form

Small TRIPs – Guidance document