ASCL welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this consultation. Our response is based on the views of our members, obtained through discussions at ASCL Council, with relevant advisory groups, and prompted and unprompted emails and messages.
When considering the impact of any proposals on different groups, it is ASCL’s policy to consider not only the nine protected characteristics included in the Equality Act 2010, but also other groups which might be disproportionately affected, particularly those who are socio-economically disadvantaged. We have answered any equality impact questions on this basis.
The purpose of the T Level transition programme is very broad, and this makes it complicated. In one or two years, a student is expected to progress into a level 3 technical-ready learner. The level two transition programme is intended to give students knowledge and skills in a subject; prepare them to demonstrate that knowledge and skills in a particular context; provide a motivating and engaging course of study which helps them to make choices about their T Level options; ensure students can demonstrate their ability at level 2 whilst demonstrating their preparedness to move to level 3; and provide the assessment outcomes needed to progress to the next stage in a particular technical area.
This is a big ask for any student at level two. We would caution Ofqual not to set out regulations for level 2 programmes progressing to T Levels which are too onerous for awarding organisations, students and providers. Our response outlines these concerns.
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