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AoC responds to House of Lords Education Committee's report on 11-16 education

12th December 2023

11 16 education

Cath Sezen, Director of Education Policy, Association of Colleges said:

“We welcome the House of Lords Education Committee report on 11 to 16 education and echo their calls for urgent action to ensure that the secondary curriculum best prepares young people for post-16 study and the world of work. Our young people need a wider range of options in key stage 4, including digital, technical, creative, collaboration and problem-solving skills, so that they can thrive beyond education. These options must be better embedded throughout the 11-16 curriculum and enable every young person to choose the full range of pathways at age 16.

“The report also recognises the challenges faced by young people who do not achieve a grade 4 in GCSE English and maths by the age of 16. We have long been calling for a review of the current approach to post-16 English and maths, and this has to start with reconsideration of the 11 to 16 phase and GCSEs."

AoC submitted evidence to this inquiry, which you can read in full here.