15,000 disadvantaged teens drop out of college and sixth form in one year – Today News

15,000 disadvantaged teens drop out of college and sixth form in one year – Today News


  Almost 15,000 disadvantaged teenagers dropped out of sixth form or college before finishing their course last year, Labour analysis shows  Some 14,358 disadvantaged students failed to complete an A-level, applied general or tech programme in 2018  Just 87.3% of disadvantaged students aged 16 to 18 complete their course – compared to 92 5% of all students.  Labour claimed the toll could be blamed on the Tories scrapping the £30-a-week Education Maintenance Allowance in 2011 and replace it with a less generous bursary scheme  Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said: “These figures show the government is badly failing the most disadvantaged students, who are being denied access to education    “We warned the Tories that scrapping EMA was a mistake and nine years on students are still suffering as a result  “Labour will bring back EMA to ensure that further education is available for the many, not the few ”  Labour analysed figures from the Department for Education, which has been compiling the data on disadvantaged students in its current form for two years  The 2017/18 figures were a drop compared to the year before, when 17,865 disadvantaged 16- to 18-year-olds failed to complete their course  Students are defined as disadvantaged if they were eligible for free schools meals at some point between Year 6 and Year 11  They are also disadvantaged if they were in the care system or adopted.  EMA was introduced by Labour in 2004 and went to 650,000 young people on low family incomes each year by the time they were scrapped in 2011

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