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Big thank you to employers for senior leader apprenticeship revision

I am delighted to report that significant progress has been made with the development of an updated senior leader apprenticeship over the past month and can confirm the revision of the apprenticeship is almost complete.

The Secretary of State for Education requested the review back in February and we have been updating on developments through a series of monthly blogs.

The leadership and management trailblazer group of employers and the Institute can now confirm that the revised ST0480_Senior_Leader_L7_end-point assessment plan – which sets out how an apprentice will be assessed against the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the revised ST0480 Senior Leader – apprenticeship standard – has been approved.

The Institute is preparing to recommend a new funding band to the Secretary of State for Education and has notified the trailblazer group of this. The trailblazer now has the opportunity to consider this before any such recommendation is made to the Secretary of State.

I would like to thank the employers for all of the work and time they have devoted to getting us to this point.

The currently envisaged timeline is as follows:

  Action Date Status
1 IFATE/Trailblazer evidence gathering from training providers and employers delivering the standard 16-27 March Completed
2 Remote Intensive workshop with the trailblazer to develop a first draft of a policy-compliant revised occupational standard 18 March Completed
3 Finalise redrafting of the occupational standard 23 March – 3 April Completed
4 Trailblazer consultation on the revised occupational standard 8-29 April Completed
5 Trailblazer to analyse consultation responses with Institute support 30 April – 4 May Completed
6 Remote intensive workshop to review the consultation feedback and revise the occupational standard 5 May Completed
7 Finalise occupational standard 6-19 May Completed
8 Final checks of standard and submission 19-20 May Completed
9 Consult IFATE Peer Reviewer and Worldskills on the draft occupational standard 27 May – 5 June Completed
10 Institute consultation on the submitted occupational standard 27 May – 10 June Completed
11 Outcome of occupational standard approval process 6 – 10 July Completed
12 Remote intensive workshop to revise the end-point assessment plan so that it is policy compliant and aligns with the revised standard 6 – 10 July Completed
13 Trailblazer to request costings from training providers and an end-point assessment organisation to inform IFATE’s funding band recommendation 17 – 31 July Completed
14 Revisit standard to check for any knock-on effects on KSBs to enable grading descriptors 6 – 17 July Completed
15 Draft EPA and review undertaken by Education Advisor 20-31 July Completed
16 Finalisation of EPA plan and costings 31 July – 23 August Completed
17 Final checks of EPA plan and costings 26 August – 16 September Completed
18 Outcome of EPA plan approval process November Completed
19 Ministerial approval of funding band November – December  
20 Revised version of the apprenticeship standard replaces existing version Early 2021  

*Consideration will need to be given as to whether a notice period needs to be given between its approval and final implementation.


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