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Sixthform colleges vto become Academies?

Sixthform colleges vto become Academies?

The government is to reopen the option for sixth-form colleges to academise – widening its pool of potential sponsors.

Nearly all sixth-form colleges have been able to convert to academy status since George Osborne, then chancellor, changed the rules in November 2015.

Many took up the opportunity as it freed them from VAT bills.

However, the window of opportunity closed in March when a government review into post-16 colleges ended.

The Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) has been campaigning for the “arbitrary” deadline to be extended indefinitely – and sister title FE Weekunderstands the Department for Education has agreed.

“This is a welcome and sensible development and we expect updated guidance to be published later in the year,” said James Kewin, the deputy chief executive of the SFCA.

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