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Labour further education reforms: AoC responds

20 May 2019

Labour have today proposed a series of further education reforms at the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference & Exhibition. In response, Julian Gravatt, Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “To be successful after Brexit, we need to lead the way on skills and post-16 education. We welcome Labour’s package of proposals, which will make a real difference to the education and skills training of millions of people across the country each year. “We particularly welcome their position on English and maths GCSE retakes. It’s vital that every young person leaves education with strong foundations in these subjects– they are the basis for success in work and in life. Colleges have long called for flexibility in how to support learners to achieve this. A one-size fits all approach has not worked and does not work. Colleges know their students and what works best for them. The Association of Colleges welcomes Labour’s announcement today that in government, they would offer colleges this flexibility. “It is also encouraging to see Labour acknowledge the breadth of experience that can and should qualify people for a range of jobs, beyond degree-level qualifications. People often talk about parity of esteem, moves like this are critical to making that a reality.”