A four-day week or increased teaching hours? You choose ...

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It’s no secret that, with the funding rates for sixth-form students having remained frozen for the last seven years (and, in the case of 18-year-olds, they were actually cut), many colleges have been struggling to balance the books.

But never let it be said that sixth-form colleges are afraid of doing things differently. This week it emerged that two colleges in the North of England have decided to make some major changes.

At Ashton Sixth Form College, Greater Manchester, students were undoubtedly thrilled when they heard that a four-day timetable would be introduced. Like many others, Ashton ...

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