Sixth-form education’s changing landscape

Reduced funding and falling rolls are driving a ‘forced reshaping’ of post-16 education, with school sixth forms closing and more pupils moving on to colleges and other providers. John Roberts asks what is won and lost by such a change and explores what this means for secondary teachers

Sixth form is changing and it's impacting students

A school losing its sixth form takes away something that we most enjoy about teaching: the chance to really explore and demonstrate our passion for our subject and, hopefully, to pass on that passion and enthusiasm to pupils.”

Thomas Kirkwood is an English teacher trying to come to terms with a huge loss in his working life. And he is not alone. Figures obtained by Tes from 88 councils show that in the past three years, 47 school sixth forms have closed and another 25 are due to follow.

The trend looks set to continue. This week, the Education Policy Institute warned that school sixth-form ...

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