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T-levels: Standards

Question for Department for Education

UIN 30069, tabled on 4 July 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department plans to take to monitor the effectiveness of the Government's T-Level programme.

Answered on

21 July 2022

The delivery of T Levels is part of the Government Major Projects Portfolio. As a result, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority actively tracks the project, and regular assurance reviews ensure the programme is being delivered effectively. The department also continually monitors the programme through our own internal governance processes.

We are working closely with T Level providers, identifying and dealing with challenges, and sharing good practice as the T Level rollout continues.

The T Level student panel set up by the department in 2021 gives T Level students the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience, including raising issues or concerns, and discussing ideas for the future of T Levels. This allows us to hear first-hand the student experience and to make changes where needed.

The department has commissioned Ofsted to report on the first three years of T Level and T Level Transition Programme delivery. This includes questionnaires sent to T Level providers and students, plus field work in the form of deep dive survey visits.

This research will identify strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement to inform best practice for the wider rollout of T Levels and the T Level Transition Programme. Ofsted plan to publish an interim report in autumn 2022. A final report will follow in late 2023.