T-level courses may not be ready by 2020, warns education union

theguardian | December 10, 2019

An education union has called for a delay in the introduction of the Conservatives’ new vocational qualifications amid concerns about student recruitment and the tight timescale. T-levels, which are intended to provide a vocational alternative to A-levels, are due to be taught for the first time in September 2020, but a report says the programme faces serious challenges because of the large-scale changes involved and a lack of awareness among pupils and their parents. There is also concern about progression routes following T-levels, with many leading universities yet to recognise the qualifications, for which full course specifications will not be available until next March.

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STEM education has received a lot of attention in the United States over the last couple of decades, but it turns out implementing changes to curricula take time. Instructors have to be trained and put into place, which takes several years before the first students can be trained. The first group of students to have an emphasis on STEM education starting in elementary school are just beginning to graduate from high school.

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STEM education has received a lot of attention in the United States over the last couple of decades, but it turns out implementing changes to curricula take time. Instructors have to be trained and put into place, which takes several years before the first students can be trained. The first group of students to have an emphasis on STEM education starting in elementary school are just beginning to graduate from high school.

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