According to The Independent, too many schools are closing their doors to colleges offering alternative vocational courses including the government’s flagship qualification, a minister has warned ahead of its roll-out this year.
Lord Agnew has written to all schools in England calling for them to urgently give access to organisations pushing alternatives to A-levels so that teenagers can make the right choices for them.
Ministers have been pushing for teenagers to choose to study two-year T-levels – which are intended to have an equal status to A-levels – ahead of the first courses being introduced in September.
But a number of schools have been flouting their legal duty under the Baker clause as holding onto pupils, and the funding that comes with them, is prioritised amid budget pressures, sector leaders say.
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