A potentially game-changing piece of legislation for the sector comes into effect this week.
The so-called “Baker amendment” – introduced as part of the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, thanks to an intervention from former education secretary and university technical college founder Lord Baker – will require all schools to allow colleges and training providers in, to talk about the alternative education options available.
Many schools are extremely reticent to suggest options other than sixth form to their students, fearing a drop in numbers. Fewer students means less funding, at a time when schools are struggling with reduced budgets.
Funding issues aside, however, the Baker amendment is warmly welcomed by the FE sector. It will benefit not only young people who are more suited to a practical, career-focused way of learning, but also businesses in need of skilled employees.