DfE T Level and T Level Foundation Year Podcast series – How to plan for success and be ready to deliver
This podcast series is part of the T Level and T Level Foundation Year Provider Delivery Support, delivered by the Association of Colleges and funded by the Department for Education.
The purpose of these podcasts is to support leaders of providers that are in the early preparation stage of their T Level and T Level Foundation Year journey. In this series, we will hear from a range of current providers and explore their experience of how they managed to successfully plan brand-new T Level and T Level Foundation Year curriculum with personal advice and guidance to support your planning.
Each episode will have a specific focus that will provide information, support and direction to help you in your T Level and T Level Foundation Year journey.
Episode 1 - The importance of strategic intent
This episode explores the importance of having strategic intent behind successful T Level and T Level Foundation Year launch and development. Mark Hughes speaks to Kirstie Kohling, Assistant Principal for Quality and Curriculum, Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College and Ashley Grute, Assistant Principal Vocational Curriculum, HSDC.
They discuss how they have decided which T Levels and occupational specialisms to deliver, as well as the rationale behind which T Level Foundation Year they offer. Further support and resources: In this episode the speakers also refer to T Level and T Level Foundation Year provider support programmes that they utilised.
Episode 2 - What to consider when designing and delivering effective and successful T Level Programmes
This episode covers what to consider when designing and delivering effective and successful and T Level programmes. Mark Hughes speaks to Andrew Bristow, Director of Built Environment, Thomas Telford UTC and Neil Johnson, Assistant Principal Young People, Barnsley College.
They discuss the various roles that employers play in T Level design and delivery, as well as how they induct students and what they do to prepare them for industry placements.
Episode 3 - What to consider when designing and delivering effective and successful T Level Foundation Years
In this episode Mark Hughes talks to Guy Marshall, Curriculum Lead at Ashton Sixth Form College and Robert Ind, Head of School at Cranford Community College about how to design and deliver effective and successful T Level Foundation Years
They talk about how they ensure their students are T Level ready through assessment methods, contextualisation of English and maths and developing work skills.
Episode 4 - Marketing strategies to support the communication and recruitment of T Level & T Level Foundation Year students
In this episode Mark Hughes talks to Christine Kenyon, Deputy Principal for FE, The Manchester College and Phil McPherson, Assistant Principal, City of Stoke-On-Trent Sixth Form College.
They talk about how their organisational approach to raising the profile of T Levels and T Level Foundation Year and strategies they’ve used to recruit students onto these courses.
Episode 5 - Information and Advice to support T Level and T Level Foundation Year students' progress to positive destinations
Mark Hughes in this episode talks to Roz Hicks, Head of Media, Business and Digital Industries at City College Norwich and Mark Taylor , Head of School and Construction, Engineering, Science and Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing at Preston College.
He discusses with them the progression strategies and approaches they have used to support students to successfully progress from T Level Foundation Year to T Level Pathways, and from T Levels to higher education, apprenticeships and employment.
NOTE: T Level Foundation Year is referred to as T Level Transition Programme in this podcast series