Andy Mitchell

‘A plea to FE providers: we need you to do more’

One school leader challenges colleges to reach out to students from deprived areas

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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 ...

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