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1. Action: invitation to express an interest to deliver a T Level in construction, design, surveying and planning in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
The Department for Education is looking to identify a small number of providers to deliver a T Level in construction; design, surveying and planning in the 2020 to 2021 academic year. Institutions will need to meet a set of criteria and complete and submit an expression of interest to ESFA. The closing date for applications is midnight on 29 June 2018.
We have published information setting out how to express an interest in delivering the T Level in construction, design, surveying and planning in 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Further information including details on how to submit an expression of interest are available on GOV.UK.
2. Information: Qualification Achievement Rates (QAR) dataset production specification documents for 2017 to 2018
We have published the QAR dataset production specification documents for 2017 to 2018. You should read these documents alongside the business rules, which explain the methodology for calculating QARs for 2017 to 2018.
The main changes from 2016 to 2017 are we have:
- included apprenticeship starts from 1 May 2017 (recorded under funding model 36)
- excluded apprenticeship standards from the timely QARs
- excluded directly funded 14 to 16 year-old students from the Education and Training QARs
3. Information: Advanced Learner Loans funding rules updated
This week we will publish version 1 of the advanced learner loans funding and performance management rules 2018 to 2019.
The main change from the draft, published in March 2018, is the inclusion and revision of the performance management rules.
The rules apply to all providers of education and training holding a loan facility conditions and loans bursary fund agreements with the ESFA.
We will be holding a webinar on 18 June, to support the publication and highlight good practice. To book your place, please visit Eventbrite.
4. Information: adult education budget funding rules updated
This week we will publish version 1 of the adult education budget (AEB) funding rules 2018 to 2019.
The main change from the draft version, published March 2018, is the inclusion of a one year trial to fully fund learners on a low wage who would normally be co-funded.
The rules apply to all providers of education and training who receive AEB funding through the ESFA.
We will be holding webinars during the summer and will publish dates shortly.
5. Information: DfE T Level consultation
The Department for Education issued a consultation in November 2017 to obtain views on the major aspects of our proposals for implementing T Levels, and this consultation closed on 8 February 2018.
The government has published its response to the consultation. We have also updated the following pages on GOV.UK:
6. Information: T Level data collection is now open
The T Level data collection is now open. The data collection will gather information to inform T Level implementation and inform future provider support programmes.
We are asking and encouraging all providers who plan to offer T Levels to supply the requested information. The deadline for completion of this data collection is midnight on 6 July 2018. You can find full guidance on how to complete the data collection on GOV.UK.
7. Information: T Level occupational maps consultation
The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) issued a consultation in December 2017 on the Occupational Maps, which closed on 8 February 2018.
The IfA has published their response to this consultation.
8. Information: T Level outline content
Groups of employers have been developing the content of the new T Levels, setting out the knowledge and skills a student needs to have acquired upon completion of the programme.
The draft content for the first 3 pathways has been published on the Institute for Apprenticeships website for comment.
9. Information: providers delivering T Levels in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
We have now published the list of successful education and training providers who have been selected to deliver T Levels in academic year 2020 to 2021 on GOV.UK.