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Big thank you to employers for senior leader apprenticeship progress

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I am delighted to report that significant progress has been made with the development of an updated senior leader apprenticeship over the past month.

The Secretary of State for Education requested the review back in April and we have been updating on developments through a series of monthly blogs.

The leadership and management trailblazer group of employers and the Institute can now confirm that the revised standard ( ST0480 Senior Leader) which sets out the key knowledge, skills and behaviours that apprentices will have to be able to demonstrate to pass the apprenticeship - has been approved.

I would like to thank the employers for all of the work they have devoted to getting us to this point. The next step will be revision of the end-point assessment plan which is on target to be submitted in September for approval.

The currently envisaged timeline is as follows:

  Action Date Status
1 IFATE/Trailblazer evidence gathering from training providers and employers delivering the standard 16-27 March Completed
2 Remote Intensive workshop with the trailblazer to develop a first draft of a policy compliant revised occupational standard 18 March Completed
3 Finalise redrafting of the occupational standard 23 March - 3 April Completed
4 Trailblazer consultation on revised occupational standard 8-29 April Completed
5 Trailblazer to analyse consultation responses with Institute support 30 April – 4 May Completed
6 Remote intensive workshop to review the consultation feedback and revise the occupational standard 5 May Completed
7 Finalise occupational standard 6-19 May Completed
8 Final checks of standard and submission 19-20 May Completed
9 Consult IFATE Peer Reviewer and Worldskills on the draft occupational standard 27 May – 5 June Completed
10 Institute consultation on the submitted occupational standard 27 May – 10 June Completed
11 Outcome of occupational standard approval process 6 – 10 July Completed
12 Remote intensive workshop to revise the end-point assessment (EPA) plan so that it is policy compliant and aligns with the revised standard 6 - 10 July Completed
13 Trailblazer to request costings from training providers and an end-point assessment organisation to inform IFATE’s funding band recommendation 17 – 31 July
14 Revisit standard to check for any knock-on effects on KSBs to enable grading descriptors 6 - 17 July   Completed
15 Draft EPA and review undertaken by Education Advisor 20-31 July
16 Finalisation of EPA plan and costings 31 July – 23 August
17 Final checks of EPA plan and costings 26 August – 16 September
18 Outcome of EPA plan approval process 2 – 6 October
19 Addressing of any EPA plan conditions and ministerial approval of funding band October - November
20 Apprenticeship standard approved for delivery November - December*

*Consideration will need to be given as to whether a notice period needs to be given between its approval and final implementation.

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