George Ryan

T levels: ‘A secretive cull of FE provision’

Under wide-ranging reforms of technical education, many courses that have previously been taught in college classrooms are expected to become apprenticeship-only. Such a restriction will limit opportunities for young people and could put some colleges in financial jeopardy, college leaders tell George Ryan

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In around two years’ time, the first T levels will go live. But not all of them will be delivered in college classrooms.

In his review of technical education in July 2016, Lord Sainsbury recommended drawing up 15 occupational routes. It was envisaged that these routes would create a framework encompassing all employment and college-based technical education at levels 2 to 5.

T levels were born out of the review and announced by the chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, in his spring budget the following year. The overhaul will consolidate the current 13,000 or so technical ...

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