More evidence this year shows going to university is not the priority it once was among young people aged up to 16, according to an Ipsos Mori poll carried out for the Sutton Trust, the Guardian reports. The poll reveals just 65% of respondents considered university eduction important (compared with 75% last year and 86% in 2013). A similar number were now considering taking an apprenticeship. However, the poll also found 77% of secondary school students still said they were ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ likely to attend university, with just 40% concerned about the cost. [The Sutton Trust is an educational charity promoting social mobility among young people.]
T-levels will be allocated tariff points on the same basis as three A-levels, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has confirmed. The points will be awarded as follows: distinction* 168 pts; distinction 144; merit 120; pass (C or above on the core) 96; pass (D or above on the core) 72. Students will also receive certificates showing their overall grades of pass, merit, distinction or starred distinction, with “a breakdown of what they have achieved across the T-Level programme”. Last week education secretary Gavin Williamson said T-level results will be published on the same day as A-levels from 2022 onwards.
An apparently last-minute exam board decision to up the grade boundaries for a new BTec award just days before results are announced could jeopardise students’ chances of taking up college places in September, reports the Guardian. EdExcel, the largest exam board in England, decided to tinker with the BTec in health and social care, engineering and enterprise taken by students for the first time this year next to GCSEs. Thousands of enraged teachers have signed a petition demanding the board reverse the move it says it has made to create fair and equal qualification outcomes compared with other level 2 qualifications.
The Department for Education (DfE) has issued guidelines for colleges and apprenticeship providers if the UK does actually leave the EU. Easy access via website links is available via the FE News website, where various areas of concern are listed. These include the EU Settlement Scheme covering EU, EEA (European Economic Area) or Swiss citizens, staff and apprentices from the EU arriving after any Brexit, access to funding for 16-19 education and training, EEA teacher sanctions or restrictions, food supplies, data protection, Erasmus+, EU travel and documents required in various scenarios.