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Alison Davie

(Photograph) - Alison Davie, assistant director of curriculum at Motherwell College, where 32 per cent of students are from deprived backgrounds, and skills for work courses for hundreds of pupils in North and South Lanarkshire are provided, warned about the dangers of labelling pupils. She said care had also to be taken to provide development for FE staff who had been used to teaching over-16s and higher education courses. "But there are a lot of opportunities such as giving young people self-confidence and belief, increased motivation, increased opportunities and vocational skills," Ms Davie pointed out. There was a continuing high demand for work courses - 500 applications from 14-16s this year for 159 places.

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