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AoC launches legal action over ‘unviable’ sixth form

Colleges question if guidance on schools opening new provision ‘has any teeth’

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The Department for Education faces a landmark legal challenge over the opening of a new school sixth form, which colleges claim is not viable, TES can reveal.

The Association of Colleges (AoC) and Havering Sixth Form College have jointly instigated a judicial review after regional schools commissioner (RSC) Tim Coulson approved a bid by Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College in Hornchurch, East London, to open a new sixth form in September 2017.

The AoC argues that the application failed to meet guidelines set out by the DfE in March. These include that applications should “normally” be put ...

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