Ofsted to carry out thematic survey on T-levels

The Department for Education has commissioned Ofsted to carry out a thematic survey on the implementation of T levels and the T-level transition programme. The survey will take place over their first 2 years of operation, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

T levels are challenging new technical qualifications at level 3. They are equivalent to 3 A levels and include a substantial industry placement. They are intended to deliver high-standard technical education to prepare young people to work in a number of important occupations that meet the needs of industry.

The T-level transition programme is targeted at students who are not yet ready to start a T level but who have the potential to undertake one following a programme of tailored support and preparation.

The first 3 T-level courses began in September 2020. They comprise:

  • design, surveying and planning for construction
  • digital production, design and development
  • education and childcare

An interim report on Ofsted’s findings will be published in September 2021 following the first year of the survey. The full report will be published in September 2022.