Does FE have the Will to win?

9th November 2018, 12:00am
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Does FE have the Will to win?

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Taking life advice from actor and rapper Will Smith is a given. It is he who taught us how to shake a room, the benefits of the Floridian city of Miami and warned us that if we fought with our peers, our mother may get nervous and send us away to our rich relatives in California.

So we assume that it is Smith's maxim of "So if you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready, and that is how I run my life" that has encouraged the government to launch a scheme to make sure FE staff are ready for the introduction of the new T-level qualifications.

The £8 million T Level Professional Development offer is being developed by the Education and Training Foundation and supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. It will aim to help teaching professionals to develop their skills and knowledge so they are ready to deliver the new qualifications, due to be rolled out from 2020.

The scheme announced today will focus on making sure teachers understand the new T levels, and ensure their subject and industry knowledge is relevant to the needs of business. It will be made up of five strands:

•  Ongoing professional development needs analysis to build a clear understanding of the CPD needs of the sector.

•  Work to help all staff understand T levels.

•  A teacher development programme focusing on pedagogy, professional knowledge and developing teachers' capacity to embed maths, English and digital skills in technical teaching environments.

•  Knowledge hubs aimed at embedding learning from the teacher development programme through development networks.

•  Professional development around leading and managing educational change to ensure organisational readiness.

There is as yet no word on whether the government is going all in on Big Willie Style and delivering their courses in rap, but, in our very humble opinion, that would be a wicky, wicky wild idea.

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