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Sixth Form Education

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families when he plans to implement changes to the presumption in favour of school sixth forms, as set out in paragraph 4.21 of the Raising Expectations White Paper; and if he will make a statement. (242942)

We are beginning a six-week consultation on changes to the Decision Makers’ guidance that covers sixth form presumptions on 11 December and, subject to comments received by the deadline of 22 January 2009, we expect to be able to implement the changes in February 2009.

We remain committed to the principle of expanding successful and popular schools and colleges, including enabling them to establish new 16-19 provision. Collaboration between schools, and between schools and colleges, will be essential to ensure that we have a high quality offer for all young people and to support the successful delivery of diplomas and of the wider 14-19 reforms.