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Innovative T Level Professional Development platform launched

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The Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) has launched its new T Level Professional Development (TLPD) Platform, which is now available for Further Education providers and their workforce.

The T Level Professional Development Platform is the key to accessing the ETF’s high quality TLPD offer, which supports those delivering T Levels with the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence they need for the benefit of their learners. The offer is shaped around the needs of the workforce alongside relevant regional, employer and curriculum requirements. It has been developed with key sector partners and industry experts.

Through the T Level Professional Development Platform, staff can undergo an Individual Training Needs Analysis (TNA), which helps to identify specific gaps and areas for development in their skills and knowledge around T Levels. Completing a TNA will generate a personalised training package, tailored specifically to job roles and levels of experience and knowledge. The analysis highlights priority areas of development and will signpost practitioners to CPD courses based on their answers.

The ETF, the expert body for professional development and standards in Further Education and Training in England, has been supporting the delivery of T Levels since 2019 and was awarded a four-year contract in February 2020 by the Department for Education to continue to support providers, leaders and practitioners to deliver the new courses.

David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“T Levels are a very significant development in FE, offering learners a new opportunity to realise their potential, and addressing skills gaps in our workforce. It is vital we ensure the professionals delivering T Levels are fully equipped and supported.

“The ETF’s new T Level Professional Development offer – including the Professional Development Platform – will play a crucial part in that success. Working with experts and partners from across the FE sector, we have developed support for teachers, leaders, governance professionals and those in support roles alike, by signposting appropriate CPD and empowering individuals to take ownership of their own development.”

The core elements of the ETF’s TLPD offer are:

  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Understanding T Levels
  • Professional Development for Leaders
  • T Level Role and Route Specific Training
  • Networks
  • T Level Resource Improvement Projects
  • Industry Insights.

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