FURTHER education is certainly a muddle. But in its eagerness to end the chaos, the Government should tread carefully. Hasty change could uproot a part of the educational landscape which many parents properly cherish, school sixth forms.
Although the Government has assured schools that the funding for sixth forms is safe, the suspicion in many staffrooms is that the wolf will shortly be at the door. Further ministerial guarantees are required and more imaginative ways to soothe the FE colleges' frustration are needed. If sixth-forms are to close, it should be because students choose to go to colleges, not because schools are starved of money.