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Today 12 organisations that represent colleges wrote to Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary, to urge the Department of Education to reconsider their plans to defund many applied general qualifications, such as BTECs.

Their letter read, “[Applied general qualifications] play a vital role in helping young people progress to higher education or employment, and in meeting the skills needs of employers. For many students, studying one or more applied general qualifications will be a more effective way of accessing, remaining in, and progressing from 16 to 19 education than studying A levels or T levels.
Many young people will be adversely affected by this proposal, but disadvantaged students have the most to lose, a conclusion that your Department’s own equalities impact assessment supports”.

Richard Huish College supports the ongoing #ProtectStudentChoice campaign. We want learners to benefit from having a wide variety of courses to choose from to allow them to study in the way most suited to them and to fulfil their potential.

If you would like to find out more please visit the Sixth Form Colleges Association website and show your support by signing the petition to the government to protect student choice.