New Perspectives on Sixth Form Colleges
of new research into the role of sixth form colleges from the perspective of
students, teachers and managers will be discussed at a University of Leicester
conference on May 22.
Young people really value
the option of a sixth form college but it is not available to all
Sixth form colleges are much
more varied in their student body than the public view assumes
The new Curriculum 2000 has
brought benefits to students but some aspects are undermining genuine learning
The level and current
method of distributing funds is leading schools and colleges into actions which
are not in the best interests of students.
conference, to be opened by Ivan Lewis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for Young People and Learning, will focus attention on aspects of sixth form
colleges which have not received proportionate interest to their contribution.
from the University of Leicester Educational Management Development Unit, funded
by the Nuffield Foundation, probed the views of people involved in sixth form
colleges in order to stimulate debate on future development of the sector.
Jacky Lumby, of the University of Leicester's Northampton centre, said:
"The Learning and Skills sector has been increasingly recognised as crucial
to the economic and social well being of the country, providing education and
training to nearly four million students.
little research has focussed on the work of sixth form colleges, despite the
fact that about 200,000 16-19 year olds attend sixth form colleges, achieving
good examination results and many going on to higher education.
of the work of sixth form colleges is very timely. The Government is currently
consulting on plans to develop the curriculum for 14 -19 year olds to ensure
that all young people in this age group get the best opportunities possible.
contribution of sixth form colleges both to the government's developing plans
and to efforts to raise participation in HE is therefore important."
Sixth Form Colleges,
Policy, Purpose and Practice is being held at the Thistle Hotel, Birmingham on
For more information, please contact Dr Lumby on 01733 263867. On May 22,
please ring the hotel on 0870 333 9126 and ask for a message to be conveyed to
Dr Lumby at the conference.
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