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:
|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.