High-quality T Level professional development offer launches

The Education and Training Foundation has announced the launch dates for its high-quality T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer, which starts to become available from 1 September.

Since May 2019, we have been supporting Further Education and post-16 providers to prepare to deliver T Levels from September 2020. The TLPD offer coming on stream from September will support providers starting delivery of T Levels in 2021 in particular, to ensure they are well equipped to teach T Levels on the very first day learners walk into the classroom or workshop. This means the technical education workforce have the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver a high-quality T Level.

From September 2020, teaching and training modules, resources, courses and workshops will start to become available. On 1 September, the Networks, T Level Resource Improvement Projects (TRIPs) and Industry Insights elements of the TLPD offer will be available for application or booking. More information on these, and the other elements of the TLPD offer, can be seen below.

All TLPD is available at no charge to ESFA-funded providers.

The TLPD offer is shaped around the needs of the workforce alongside relevant regional, employer and curriculum requirements and combines the experience and expertise of the ETF, members of its expert panels who have helped shape the course detail, and subject specialists who have reviewed the professional development content relating to each T Level.


The core elements of the T Level Professional Development offer are:



A range of national, regional and local networks enable those involved in delivering T Levels, and those considering delivery in the future, to interact and exchange ideas and resources. This will include the opportunity to take part in T Level Resource Improvement Projects (TRIPs), where providers can work together to collaborate on projects and support quality improvement in technical teaching.

Available to book and apply from 1 September

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Industry Insights

Industry Insights activity provides teachers, trainers, business support staff, operational middle leaders and managers with the opportunity to undertake placements and work shadowing with employers, to gain valuable insights into latest industry practices. Remission is available to enable participation.

Workshops led by employers will provide an additional opportunity for participants to attend demonstration, information or Q&A sessions.

Applications open from 1 September.

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Training Needs Analysis

A Training Needs Analysis (TNA) will help individuals and FE providers to identify their personal and professional development needs. It will result in a bespoke development plan signposting available CPD to inform and support staff with the implementation of T Levels.

Available October 2020.

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Understanding T Levels

This programme will enable every member of staff within a provider to improve their understanding of T Levels and confidently play their part in their successful introduction.

Available October 2020.

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Professional Development for Leaders

This will enable leaders to understand the impact T Levels will have and how they are positioned within the curriculum offer and resources effectively. This CPD will support leaders, middle managers, governors and governance professionals.

Available to book October 2020.

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T Level Role and Route Specific Training

Personalised CPD journeys created from a range of pedagogical and subject specific courses, modules, workshops and other activities structured to meet the needs of leaders, teachers and trainers, and business support staff.

Online courses available October 2020
Face-to-face courses will be available to book in November

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Look out for our new courses: New Teacher Programme – essential knowledge about the teaching craft that enables new teachers to thrive in the classroom and; Teaching T Levels – an enriching and practical course designed for those new to teaching T Levels who want to enhance their pedagogical practice, and those who are new to technical teaching and wish to develop their vocational and professional practice.

We will continue to bring to this role our experience and our expertise from working in partnership with the sector, in particular those who are due to start teaching T Levels next month, and in 2021 and beyond. This is in addition to the expertise of employers, professional bodies, T Level panels and others that we work with including our key partners: Association of Colleges, Association of School and College Leaders, Cognition, FutureLearn, AlphaPlus, Further Education Associates and Oxford Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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