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Increase the number of technical teaching hours by 50%

Last updated: 05:33pm 12 January 2019

We will increase the number of teaching hours by fifty per cent to an average of 900 hours per year…

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.52

Our verdict

The government wants “technical education to be as prestigious as our world-leading higher education system”. To meet this ambition there were some specific promises made in the manifesto. Increasing the number of teaching hours is one such promise, and the hope is to achieve this through the introduction of new T-level qualifications (currently in progress).

According to the T-level action plan from October 2017, the money secured for T-levels “will increase the hours of learning by over 50% for young people on technical education routes, from 600 hours per year to over 900 hours per year, including a high‐quality technical work placement”. So this policy pledge is very much in line with the government’s plans for T-levels.

The mention in the action plan of increased teaching hours, along with the development of the T-levels more broadly, means this policy is ‘in progress’. One the new qualifications have been rolled out and teaching has begun, we will consider moving this to ‘done’. Follow this policy for updates.

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