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FE links with schools ‘not good enough’, say parents

College routes available to pupils ‘still lack clarity’, despite partnership drive

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The majority of Scotland’s colleges say they are forging deeper links with schools – but parents say these partnerships need to be stronger and better defined.

Nine out of the 14 colleges that responded to a Tes Scotland survey said they have increased or deepened their links with local schools in line with recommendations in the government’s Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) strategy, published three years ago. Six colleges claimed they have partnered with more schools, while another three said the number of schools they worked with had not increased but more pupils were being reached.

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