T Level Professional Development offer

As the national workforce development body for the Further Education and Training Sector, we will be developing a suite of high quality professional development offers to support the teachers, trainers and leaders who will be delivering T Levels in 2020 and beyond.

We will bring to this role our experience, our expertise and our commitment to working in partnership with the sector. There are many examples of providers who deliver outstanding technical education and we want to use their expertise and that of employers, professional bodies, T Level panels and others in the design of the T Level Professional Development offer.

The aim of the offer is to ensure that further education and post-16 providers in the first two tranches are T Level-ready, as well as supporting those wanting to deliver them later. This means ensuring that teachers and trainers have the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver a high quality T Level programme from the outset.

The flexible offer will be shaped around the needs of providers and their workforce alongside relevant regional, employer and curriculum needs. This will be part of an ongoing needs analysis with initial providers, starting in the coming months.

While the full content of the offer is still being developed, its five key strands are:

  • Ongoing professional development needs analysis: Building a clear understanding of professional development needs.  This will be an ongoing process that will inform the development of the offer and learn from the excellent practice that already exists.
  • Understanding T Levels: Ensuring that all staff understand T Levels and what the introduction of T Levels means for their job.
  • Teacher development programme: Focusing on pedagogy (core teaching skills and methods); practice (subject knowledge and subject specific teaching); professional knowledge (industrial and employability understanding for teachers); and developing teachers’ capacity to embed Maths, English and Digital skills in technical teaching environments.
  • Knowledge hubs: Embedding learning from the teacher development offer through teacher development networks, focused on T Level pathways and regions, and with input from industry and professional bodies, in order to change teaching practice.
  • Organisational readiness: Focusing on professional development around leading and managing educational change, targeted at middle managers, with a particular focus on teaching leadership and curriculum planning / timetabling.

We will have dedicated online resources and information on T Levels which will be available through the ETF website.

For further information about the T Level Professional Development offer, please contact us at TLPD@etfoundation.co.uk.

T Level Professional Development offer (TLPD) Advisory Group

ETF is setting up an Advisory Group to help to shape the TLPD offer to ensure it is high quality and relevant through reviewing materials, resources and content. Find out more about the role and how to apply (deadline 19 March 2019) by downloading the invitation.

The T Level Action Plan 2018 was published by the Department for Education in December 2018. You can read it here.

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Don’t forget to read the latest Technical Teaching views in the special supplement of the Society for Education and Training’s journal – inTuition.