T-level qualifications being legally challenged by exam boards

Legal action has been launched against the Department for Education over the introduction of the government’s flagship technical qualification, by the body which represents exam boards.
The Federation of Awarding Bodies has formally written to the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships over the new T-level qualifications.
The news comes after skills minister Anne Milton admitted this week that she would advise her own children to "leave it a year" before taking them – despite being in charge of the reforms.
The timetable for introducing the T-levels – which should be phased in from 2020 – has faced criticism from business leaders who have warned that they are not ready and have been rushed.
And now the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)’s proposals to launch a judicial review to challenge the reforms could put plans to start the first qualifications in September 2020 in doubt.
The legal action centres on concerns over the timetable for the first wave of the procurement process and the decision to adopt a single awarding body for each qualification.
Paul Eeles, chair of FAB’s board, said: “It is highly regrettable that we feel the need to take these steps. It seems the government is simply not willing to listen to a chorus of concerns about its T-level implementation plans. Ultimately, our concerns come down to the future job prospects of the 30,000 learners that will be invited to enrol in the first wave of the T-Level programme.
“We can’t afford a rushed process that could result in a whole generation of people being let down in the same way that those who took 14-19 Diplomas were prior to 2010.”
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