T-levels: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th April 2022.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what funding he (a) has made available in (i) each of the last five financial years and (ii) the 2021-22 financial year and (b) plans to make available in the (A) next financial year and (B) subsequent three financial years for the purpose of ensuring a successful transition between BTECs and T-Levels.

Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The department recognises that significant additional funding will be needed for the successful introduction and delivery of T Levels. We announced in 2017 that T Level programmes would be backed by up to an additional £500 million of investment every year when fully rolled out. Some of this additional £500 million is included in the £1.6 billion extra announced for 16-19 funding by the 2024/25 financial year, compared with the 2021/22 financial year, in the recent Spending Review.

We have made available £268 million in capital funding for the first three waves of T Level delivery, starting in September 2020, 2021, and 2022. This funding is being used to improve the quality of facilities and equipment that will be used to deliver T Levels. Eligible providers will also be able to access training to help prepare their teachers and leaders.

As set out in the table below, we have also allocated £207.6 million to help the sector build capacity for T Level industry placements and deliver placements to students on existing programmes. From the 2020/21 academic year, we have allocated £3.2 million in industry placement funding for those on T Level programmes. In addition, T Levels include more teaching hours and are more prescriptive in the content than general 16-19 study programmes. Therefore, four larger bands have been added to the 16-19 funding bands to ensure T level providers receive the additional funding required.

Academic Years

Funding stream

2017/18

2018/19

2019/20

2020/21

2021/22

Totals to date

Capacity and delivery funding

£0

£57.4m

£53.6m

£52.2m

£44.4m

£207.6m

Industry placement funding

£0

£0

£0

£0.5m

£2.7m

£3.2m

The funding data for the financial years 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 is not yet available.

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