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FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES TO BE ALLOWED TO TAKE UNDER-16s

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The Department for Education has given the go-ahead for further education colleges in England to take students unde...
The Department for Education has given the go-ahead for further education colleges in England to take students under the school leaving age this year, the Guardian reports (p3).

The Further Education Funding Council has agreed to fund an estimated 2,000 and 3,000 students under 16 who have already been enrolled for 1993-94 but is considering what to do in future years. Guidance will be issued in due course.

Under the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act colleges must provide education suitable for persons over the compulsory school leaving age, but new government guidance said they can accept students under that age as long as the courses are suitable for both age groups.

The funding council said enrolment this year has been patchy with some colleges facing loss of income if they fail to reach the target of an 8% increase in students, which most have accepted, the Guardian reports.
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