Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the NEU comments on the Government’s proposals for developing the new technical qualification, T-levels.

The Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union said “It is vital for both young people and the economy that T-levels have parity of esteem with A-levels. However true parity of esteem does not need to involve separate educational pathways, and education professionals will be concerned that T-levels could increase the divide between academic and vocational learning.

“T-levels will need to be excellent quality, but the National Education Union is concerned that the panels designing these qualifications have no expertise in curriculum development or pedagogy. Nor do they have any experience of working with 14- 19-year-old learners at further education colleges. T-levels will only be fit for purpose with the input of education professionals through the education unions. The National Education Union would be delighted to work with the Government to develop these qualifications.

“We are also concerned about the long work placements that learners will be required to complete as part of their T-level course. Experience shows us that employers do not step up to the plate when asked to provide opportunities for young people in the workplace. There are many areas of the country where there are not enough employers near to colleges to accommodate all learners.

“The National Education Union supports a reformed, unified, properly funded system of 14-19 curriculum and qualifications which help bring an end to the notion that academic and technical learning pathways at 16 are an ‘either/or’ option.”

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