Bill Watkin

Pupils need clear signs to choose the right pathway

If schools don’t provide comprehensive, unbiased advice, then pupils will struggle to make the right decisions about further education and careers

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Last month’s report from the Social Mobility Commission, Social and Ethnic Inequalities in Choice Available and Choices Made at Age 16, was an important call to arms. The moral, social and economic imperatives are clear, and education still represents the best way to enhance prospects and opportunities for young people.

The report, however, contains some inaccuracies about sixth-form provision: the truth is that sixth-form colleges are less selective than suggested – they recruit students with lower GCSE scores and higher incidences of free school meals than those in school sixth forms but ...

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