18 Dec Colleges to compete with schools for 14 year olds
In the biggest change to further education in decades Matthew Hancock, Skills Minister has confirmed that further education colleges will be able to compete with schools for students aged between 14 and 16 from next September. A report published last year said that “colleges will generally be far better placed to provide vocational options for 14-16 year olds, and not just 16-18 year olds, than schools will.” This means that teenagers will have access to vocational courses alongside academic programmes.
Under the recommendations from a group of colleges, the FE institutions would not recruit through the local authority admissions system, but directly in the same way they do for over-16s. The Education Funding Agency plans to adapt the 16 to 19 funding formula because there are no national funding rates for under-16s which could cause major tension between schools and colleges.
Modern Governor is interested to hear your comments on the impact this could have generally, but also in relation to governance in both FE colleges and schools.