14 April 2022 - T Levels Newsletter

This week's newsletter includes updates on:


Taking Teaching Further round 5 is now open

On 4th April 2022, the Department for Education announced the opening of the fifth round of the Taking Teaching Further (TTF) programme, to help attract experienced business and industry professionals looking to train as Further Education (FE) teachers. The programme will support up to 710 experienced business and industry professionals to become FE teachers by covering the costs of training and early career support, including mentoring.

We have expanded the scope of TTF beyond the 15 T Levels routes to include the core skills (English, maths and SEND) that underpin good technical education and to support the complex needs of many FE learners.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) are again delivering the programme.

Further information on the TTF programme and how to apply can be found here.


T Level Transition Programme (TLTP)

The Association of Colleges (AoC) are hosting a number of events for TLTP providers over the next month as shown below. They are currently in the process of sending out meeting invitations to all these events. If you have not received an invitation by Friday 15th April, or have any questions about the event, please contact AoC at transition.programme@aoc.co.uk.


Round 1 TLTP Provider National Network meeting: Ofsted focus event, Thursday 28th April 2022

This National Learning Event is for TLTP Round 1 Providers only. The events will focus on the Ofsted Thematic review and provider feedback; closer inspection of the new Framework for Delivery and a chance to discuss with peers on how the Transition Programme is evolving within institutions. It will be held at Radisson Blu Hotel, 12 Holloway Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B1 1BT from 10.00 – 16.00 (Registration from 09.30).  


Round 2 and Round 3 TLTP Provider National Learning Events: Planning for Progression: from TLTP to T Level

These National Learning Events are for TLTP Round 2 and Round 3 Providers only. The events will focus on provider planning for student progression from TLTP to T Level, and are an opportunity to share, refine and finalise your TLTP curriculum plans following input from experienced TLTP planners and quality assurance bodies.

The Round 2 TLTP Provider event is an all-day event on Tuesday, 3rd May, 2022 at the Macdonald Manchester Hotel, London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG.

The Round 3 TLTP Provider event is an all-day event on Wednesday, 11th May, 2022 at the Clayton Hotel, Sweet Street, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 9AT.


Round 1, 2 and 3 TLTP Provider Technical Focus Group Events 

These Technical Focus Group Events are for TLTP Round 1, 2 and Round 3 Providers only. These are all-day events, to be held from 10.00-16.00. There are separate events for each T Level/TLTP route to be held on the following dates and venues:

Tuesday, 26th April: Education and Early Years – South and City College, Bourneville​

Wednesday, 27th April: Health and Science – Manchester College​

Friday, 29th April: Digital – Halesowen College​

Tuesday, 3rd May: Construction – Leicester College​

Wednesday, 4th May: Legal, Finance, Accounting – AoC Head Office, London​

Thursday, 5th May: Engineering and Manufacturing – UA Holbeach

Tuesday, 10th May: Business and Administration – Salford City College

Each event will focus on collaboration between technical specialists, the National Technical Outcomes (NTOs) and how to deliver these, exploring a holistic and integrated approach to developing core knowledge, skills and behaviours where different components of the programme complement and reinforce students’ development and T Level preparation, and enabling participants to disseminate learning to colleagues.

Wednesday, 11th May: Employability – afternoon-only event, Clayton Hotel, Sweet Street, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 9AT


The DfE T Level Transition Programme Team are hosting this forthcoming event:

T Level Transition Programme: Register now to participate in an online review of proposed national technical outcomes for future programmes via the online registration form – closing date midnight Monday 9th May

This is an exciting and unique opportunity for Principals and Headteachers, Vice Principals and Deputy and Assistant Headteachers, Heads of Department, T Level and T Level Transition Leads, Teachers and Curriculum Leads to get involved in shaping the proposed technical content of future national programmes in the subject areas aligned to wave 4 T Levels in Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care, Catering and Hospitality, Creative and Design and Hair and Beauty.

In May we will be hosting two online focus group sessions of 2 hours in duration, with breakout rooms to critique the technical content for each of the wave 4 T Level subject areas. The choice of dates is:

Monday, 23rd May 2022, 15.00 -17.00

Wednesday 25th May 2022, 15.00 – 17.00

The expertise of education providers has been invaluable in informing the work to date and your contribution at this point is really important. Please get involved and encourage colleagues in your organisation to register quickly for one of the limited number of session places.

Contact the team at TLevelTransition.PROGRAMME@education.gov.uk if you have any questions.


Recruitment Progress Pulse Survey collection

Thank you to the T Level providers who completed the March T Level Recruitment Progress survey. The information will be shared with ministers indicate T Level progress in the 2022 academic year.
The next survey will open on the 27 April; the Head of org and T Level leads will receive the survey opening email on the 27 April. If you have a query, please send an enquiry to our mailbox: Pulse.Survey@education.gov.uk


Reminder To Please Complete T Level Professional Development Questionnaire

The final wave of fieldwork for the T Level Professional Development (TLPD) Evaluation is ongoing. Senior Leaders and those leading on the delivery of each T Level Route in providers that started delivery in September 2021 should receive an email from Adrianna Kawecka-Billam, a researcher in DfE, inviting them to complete a survey on T level preparation. The plan is now to close the survey at the end of Friday 15th April so please do respond before then.

It should take around 20 minutes to complete and the data will feed into the wider evaluation of T Level Professional Development (TLPD) to inform and help improve the support on offer. We really appreciate your support during this busy time.

Due to the number of providers delivering T levels this year every response is important so we are very grateful for your participation.

If you have any questions about it, please get in touch with Adrianna, DfE Project Manager via Adrianna.kawecka-billam@eduction.gov.uk


Education and Training Foundation Update

Take part in a TRIP Dissemination event

Join our online TRIP Dissemination events to hear from providers who have completed T Level Resource Improvement Projects (TRIPs).

Participants will discuss their experience of the TRIPs process and share the resources they have created to support the planning and delivery of T Levels.

TRIPs have provided the opportunity for education providers and stakeholders, such as awarding bodies and employers, to collaborate together to resource priority areas for T Levels.

The TRIP Dissemination events take place on 27 and 30 June and are part of the ETF’s T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer. Visit the ETF website to book your place.

You can also access TRIPs resources from a diverse range of projects created by colleges across England. Please see below:


Awarding Organisations Updates


Approved to deliver the T Level in Catering from September 2023?

Then contact Highfield today and make sure you’re kept up to date with the design and development of the technical qualification. 

To register your interest in joining their Provider forum or to subscribe to future newsletters then please email tlevels@highfield.co.uk or visit for more information.



Build T Level transition programmes that take your students to the next level

As a leading provider of T Level technical qualifications, NCFE is pleased to share its offer to support providers with the curriculum planning of their T Level transition programmes.

NCFE T Level transitions offer



Pearson’s March E-Bulletin was published and included the following: 

  • November series results and ResultsPlus
  • Training events
  • Entries for the Summer Series
  • Provider Approval and Provider Monitoring

Read the March E-Bulletin 

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