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Joan Ryan MP calls on the Government to invest in 16-19 education

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Joan Ryan MP has called on the Government to urgently review of 16-to-19 education and increase investment in sixth form education.

The future success of our country relies on our young people getting the best education that we can give them - especially with Brexit looming large in front of us.

I know from having visited almost every school and college in Enfield North that many head teachers are being forced into taking drastic measures to balance their books. Extra-curricular activities on offer to 16 to 19-year-olds are being cut, the range of subjects on offer for A-levels and vocational training curriculums is being reduced, and the retention and recruitment of teachers and support staff is proving ever more difficult, as pay is held down.

It is students in Enfield and elsewhere who are paying the price for the Government’s misguided funding policy. Sixth-formers have also suffered from a sustained period of under-investment in comparison with other students in full-time education. They are being short-changed.

As recommended by the Support Our Sixth-formers campaign, the Government must conduct an urgent review of 16-to-19 education and increase investment in sixth form education.

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