The first T-levels will be delayed until September 2020

New apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton has announced that she will delay delivery of the first qualifications by 12 months. The first two pathfinder qualifications were supposed to be approved by February 2019, with teaching to commence from that September. The remaining routes were then intended to be phased in from 2020 to 2022,… Read more »

Latest update to the statutory guidance on careers

The DfE’s statutory guidance relating to careers guidance has been updated to include links to the Quality in Careers Standard website. The statutory guidance outlines why schools (and local authorities that maintain pupil referral units) must secure independent careers guidance for young people, what they must do to comply with their legal responsibilities in this… Read more »

Ofsted report on enterprise education published

The Getting Ready for Work report from Ofsted was published today. This examines how secondary schools are preparing young people for the world of work through enterprise education and work-related learning. It looks at how schools are working with local businesses and also looks in detail at the way apprenticeship programmes are promoted in schools…. Read more »

New proposals put employers at the heart of technical education

The government has today published a bill that is intended to improve the quality of technical and further education for young people. The Further Education and Technology Bill includes the following proposals: Boosting technical education to make sure it’s high quality and responds to employers – including the proposal to extend the role of the Institute for… Read more »

Joint statement on improving careers support for everyone released

The CDI, Careers England, the matrix Standard and Quality in Careers Standard have released a statement on the joint report of the Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees, published in July 2016 – looking at the Government’s plans to publish a new strategy for improving careers support… Read more »

New white paper on HE aimed at allowing universities to deliver choice and opportunity for students

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced plans that are designed to allow more young people to have the opportunity to access a high-quality university education and secure a graduate job. Following a consultation launched in November 2015, BIS has published Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice – the White… Read more »

DfE departmental plan: preparing young people for adult life

The DfE departmental plan 2015 to 2020 tracks the department’s progress towards achieving its priority objectives. The plan highlights three overarching objectives for achievement during this parliament, the third of these is that young people should be prepared for adult life: All 19-year-olds should complete school or college with the skills and character to contribute to… Read more »