Children’s services leaders are warning that plans to streamline post-16 education qualifications will negatively impact young people in disadvantaged areas and those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


The Department for Education is consulting on proposals to make A levels and T levels the “options of choice” for young people undertaking level 3 classroom study, claiming that the moves “will have a positive effect on disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND”.


Responding to the consultation, Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) states: “ADCS is concerned that this would not be the case. Many learners already benefit from flexible pathways that further education colleges can offer, and these proposals will diminish those opportunities.”


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