Outline content for Education and Childcare T level – consultation response

The Institute for Apprenticeships currently has a live consultation on the outline content of the first T level routes, amongst which is Education (which includes childcare).

The deadline for responses has already been extended twice, and this demonstrates the commitment the Institute has made to gather views and consider whether this will influence the final content.

In our response, we have made some suggestions that we think will improve the content, as well as highlighted some concerns about what will be expected of learners. These include:

  • Concerns about employers setting projects; in our experience it is only assessment experts that should be writing external assessments or risk creating further problems as we have seen with Apprenticeship assessment plans currently being reviewed. We suggest employer set projects are developed in collaboration with assessment experts.
  • Our experience in facilitating the designing of Apprenticeship standards has been that any standardised external assessment of ‘behaviours’ is challenging. We would value additional guidance from the Department on this.
  • Some of the skills based outcomes are pitched too high, for example it will be challenging for every 16 year old on a work placement to affect change, or work with speech and language therapists. These outcomes will be particularly challenging to achieve for 16 year olds placed within an HE or FE institutions.
  • For Early Years the amount of work placement is minimal and we would like to see further placement hours allocated to ensure not only threshold competence but full competence and the achievement of EYE status. The DfE has now confirmed that the T Level will provide a licence to practice; however, the pathway’s content will now need to be updated to ensure learners gain the required skills to confirm competency.
  • We suggest that rather than focusing on reading, literacy and mathematics, we should also focus on effective teaching and learning across all areas of learning /curriculum with clear reference to personal, social and emotional needs of children. It is equally important to appreciate lifestyle drivers impacting nutrition and obesity for child health.