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Sixth-form bias

Sixth-form bias

“The consistent success of sixth-form colleges is one of the glories of the education system.” So said Sir David Bell when he was chief inspector of schools under the Labour government, in a 2005 landmark speech about standards in further education. An update of this statement for the current political landscape could read: “The consistent undermining of successful sixth-form colleges is one of the great inexplicables of the education system.” For this is the situation in which England’s 93 remaining sixth-form colleges find themselves. And it is inexplicable. Sixth-form colleges have a better A-level success rate than their mainstream counterparts. Nearly ninety per cent are rated good or outstanding by inspectors. They deliver more variety and choice of qualification. They better prepare children from poor areas for the transition to university. And yet the government seems determined to put roadblocks in their way.
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