The TES is reporting that following an unintended consequence in a policy, small schools will be forced to pay a levy to help pay for apprenticeships.
Small community schools will be forced to pay the government’s apprenticeship levy when it comes into effect next year despite assurances that smaller employers would be exempt, it has emerged.
The move, which has been branded the “most bizarre unintended consequence in education policy”, comes at a time when schools are facing significant real terms cuts to their budgets.
The government confirmed in August that it would press ahead with plans to introduce a levy to help pay for more than 3m new apprenticeships. The policy was designed to only include employers with a paybill of £3m or more, in an attempt to protect smaller organisations from being hit by additional costs.
But according to Jonathan Simons, head of education at Policy Exchange, writing in his weekly column for TES, small community schools will have to pay the levy as well.
“Under what I can only describe as the most bizarre unintended consequence in education policy that I’ve ever heard – that some small maintained schools will be hit by this,” Mr Simons writes.
Let us know your thoughts on the new levy in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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