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LGA VOICES SCHOOL CLOSURE CONCERN

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The Local Government Association is concerned that post-16 education and training reform will lead to centralised f...
The Local Government Association is concerned that post-16 education and training reform will lead to centralised funding and closure of small school sixth forms.

A national skills and learning council is likely to be proposed soon to plan and fund the area. But the LGA wants lifelong learning partnerships consisting of employers, voluntary groups and council representatives to distribute the funds locally. The LGA is also worried that the best value aspect of the legislation will mean closure of small sixth forms.

LGA head of education Neil Fletcher said: 'Large sixth forms are better value, but small school sixth forms in remote rural areas are an important part of the community.'

The LGA has asked discussion to continue after the white paper is published at the end of the month.
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