How Aware Are Schools of T Levels? A Survey of Senior Leaders and Classroom Teachers

Suzanne Straw

16 March 2020

This is the third of NFER’s suite of reports on T Levels, focusing on awareness of T Levels in schools. It reports the findings of a survey of 732 senior leaders and classroom teachers administered at the end of 2019.

Key Findings

  • Although the majority of senior leaders surveyed (85 per cent) had heard of T Levels, less than half of classroom teachers (41 per cent) had heard of them.
  • Although awareness was highest amongst respondents located close to T Level provision, two-fifths of respondents (39 per cent) located less than five miles away from a T Level provider had not heard of T Levels.
  • Of the half of senior leaders and classroom teachers who had heard of T Levels, the vast majority (83 per cent) were ‘not very well informed’ or ‘not informed at all’.
  • Lack of awareness also extended to respondents’ colleagues, with over a quarter (27 per cent) reporting that teachers in their school were ‘not at all aware’ of T Levels, with an additional six out of ten reporting that teachers were ‘not very aware’.
  • T Level information gaps include: course content, structure and assessment; who they target; their credibility with employers; how they compare to other qualifications; which subjects will be available and at which institutions; entry requirements and identifying suitable pupils; and progression routes.
  • Teachers can play an important role in careers awareness raising, both in their interactions with students as teachers and in pastoral roles, and in their work engaging with parents/carers. Although the NexT Level awareness raising campaign is welcomed, these survey findings suggest that further and speedier progress in informing schools about T Levels is needed.

To find out more, download the 'How Aware Are Schools of T Levels? A Survey of Senior Leaders and Classroom Teachers' report.