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SMALL SIXTH FORMS UNDER THREAT

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Hundreds of small sixth forms could be closed to end competition with colleges, local authority leaders have warned...
Hundreds of small sixth forms could be closed to end competition with colleges, local authority leaders have warned after a meeting with the LGA, ministers and college funding managers to discuss school and college enrolment wars.

The TES (p1) reports that the 'secret talks' centred around creating a common funding system for school sixth form and sixth form and further education colleges. Proposals include handing planning powers to the FEFC.

LGA education chair Graham Lane said the plans were 'revolutionary' and would mean that that small sixth forms that were uncompetitive and uneconomic would be driven out of business. Students would get proper career and course guidance, he said.

But Joe Boone, assistant secretary at the NAS/UWT, said: 'The plans raise serious issues of parental choice and cast doubts over teachers' job security. There will be outrage.'
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