NASUWT comments on public accounts committee report into education and training participation

Commenting on the latest report by the Public Accounts Committee 16 to 18-year-old participation in education and training Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union said:

“The NASUWT has warned consistently that the issues highlighted by the Public Accounts Committee today would be the inevitable result of Coalition Government policy.

“When first introduced the legislation had great potential but the changes made by the Coalition have undermined this.

“Legislation requiring all young people to participate in education or training cannot be effective unless local authorities are given resources to monitor compliance and to intervene where necessary to ensure that young people are receiving their entitlement.

“Reductions in local authority capacity to monitor the participation of young people, Ministers' failure to enact the duty on employers to co-operate and the disintegration of the careers service, have all undermined efforts to ensure that all young people continue to learn beyond the age of 16.

“The reckless approach to policy adopted by this Coalition Government since taking office was always bound to result in many young people being lost to the system.

“It is a sad fact that without a significant change in Coalition Government policy in this critical area, too many young people will continue to be short changed and have their future life chances blighted in the ways detailed in the Committee's report.”

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