Gatsby’s new Technical Education Networks programme was officially launched at a T-levels conference held at the Science Museum in London in November.
Over 120 attendees including curriculum staff and senior leaders from current and prospective T-level providers attended the event hosted by Tim Campbell MBE. Sessions included panel discussions with the Department for Education, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, and providers, students and employers describing their successful experiences of introducing the new qualifications – with insights from Wilmott Dixon, Exeter College, Cranford Community College and The Manchester College. Conference participants also had the opportunity to explore Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery, which was officially opened earlier in the day.
At the heart of the Technical Education Networks programme our expert teacher groups will guide activity in five routes: Agriculture, environmental and animal care; Construction and the built environment; Digital; Engineering and manufacturing; Health and science.
As part of the programme, Gatsby is working with the Association of Colleges (AoC) to host annual route conferences to bring together teachers of these routes to share learning and best practice.
AoC is also taking forward work to explore how providers are choosing to sequence the curriculum for different T-levels, using flexibility in the structure to support learning. This project will bring together wave one and wave two T-level providers across each of our five focus routes for two workshop sessions collectively exploring effective models of curriculum sequencing. Outputs from this work will be shared to support new providers as they scale up their T-level delivery.
The focus groups will run in January and April, with dates to be confirmed. If you would like to register your interest in joining the curriculum sequencing project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the T-level route you would like to join.