‘A plea to FE providers: we need you to do more’
One school leader challenges colleges to reach out to students from deprived areas
The students sitting in front of me are telling me about the college they have decided to go to. I’m thrilled that they seem to have taken the choice seriously – and that they have made it at all, to be honest. I ask them about the courses they will study. And then that familiar sinking feeling hits. The two girls stare blankly at me and at each other, then ask: “Well, what courses do they do there?”
In areas of multiple deprivation, such as the school where I work, it is often problematic to get students to properly consider where they can progress for post-16 education, or even to consider ...