The Department for Education (DfE) has banned any new vocational qualifications from receiving funding from next year onwards, as part of a drive to boost the profile and prestige of alternatives to A-levels. The Telegraph reports.
Officials have drawn up a list of 163 “lower quality” BTECs, Tech Levels and their equivalents which will no longer be eligible for state funding. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that the 163 qualifications have had their funding pulled in order to encourage students to take other higher quality qualifications.
Amanda Spielman suggested that colleges, which provide largely vocational courses for 16 to 18 year-olds, are putting the “financial imperative of headcount” ahead of the what is best for young people.
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