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Participation by 16-19 Year Olds in Education and Training

HC 850-I, Fourth Report of Session 2010-12 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes

House of Commons - Education Committee
TSO (The Stationery Office)

'Participation by 16-19 Year Olds in Education and Training (HC 850-I)' reports the Education Committee's acceptance that changes to student support needed to be made, but emphasizes that the delay in deciding on allocations and the guiding principles for distribution should not have been allowed to happen.

The Committee finds that the Government should have done more to acknowledge the Educational Maintenance Allowance's (EMA) combined impact on participation, attainment and retention, before it decided how to restructure financial support.

The bursary scheme which is to replace the EMA will inevitably lead to inconsistencies which could distort young people’s choices of where to study.

The Committee is not persuaded that bursaries administered by schools and colleges will necessarily be fairer or more discriminating than a slimmed-down, more targeted entitlement such as the EMA.

The report also highlights the difficulty of transferring data between schools and colleges and encourages the Department for Education (DfE) to do more to ensure that information about pupils’ needs can move easily between educational institutions.

The Committee supports the Government’s focus on Apprenticeships but urges it to protect quality at the same time as increasing numbers participating. It also urges the DfE to fund the National Careers Service to provide face-to-face careers advice for young people.

Extent 73 pages ISBN 9780215560711
Size A4 Price £14.50
Format Paperback Published 19 Jul 2011
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