Case study: planning the student journey with Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College
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Providers that have been delivering the first and second wave of T Levels have put in a great amount of time and attention into developing and implementing the T Level student journey. This resource will give you an insight into how schools and colleges have managed to successfully plan a brand-new T Level curriculum and key personal advice to support your planning.
Who is this resource for?
This resource is for people that will be involved in the planning and delivery of T Levels from a school or college provider type setting. This includes senior leaders, middle managers and delivery staff.
How to use this resource
This case study focuses on how Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College planned its T Level student journey. By watching the complete 10 minute video, you will gain valuable insights from senior leaders and middle managers, employers and students.
Video length: 10 minutes
If you would like to look at the specific responses listed, click on the individual links below.
Overall T Level strategy
- Why did you decide to offer T Levels?
- What do the students get out of the T Levels and industry placements?
- What makes T Levels a success for Notre Dame?
- Invest in your staff
Marketing and recruitment
- How did you promote T Levels and recruit for T Level courses?
- How do you recruit students to T Levels?
- What’s your enrolment and induction process?
- What is your employer engagement process?
- How do you prepare students for placement and who is involved?
- What was your approach to onboarding the student?
- How did you find the placement? What is the benefit of an industry placement?
Planning the placement
- How did you approach placement timing and what worked best for you, the employer and the student?
- How do you support students with SEND whilst they are on placement?
What were the challenges?
- Technical nature of the course. The way of working. Workplace focus with fewer student restrictions
- Timing and length of placements with employers
- Building professional environment skills
Top tips from Notre Dame Sixth Form College
- Plan early
- Be flexible – timetabling, staffing
- Get buy in from the staff
- Place staff out in industry
- Hire an employer engagement team member and reach out to the HR team and directors of organisations – pick up the phone!
- The T Level does not have to fit your usual curriculum plan, you can teach it holistically and in any order you want
- Think about your specialist equipment and apply early
Useful resources and links
Action plan for considering different curriculum models