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DfE responds to #ProtectStudentChoice concerns

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Responding to today’s announcement from Baroness Barran that only a "small proportion" of BTECs will be defunded, deputy chief executive James Kewin said:

“This is excellent news. Until now, the government’s position has been that it would only fund a “small range” of qualifications to sit alongside A levels and T levels. So today’s commitment that funding will be removed for only a “small proportion” of Level 3 applied general qualifications is a major and very welcome development. The Protect Student Choice coalition is grateful to the cross-party group of peers who have worked tirelessly to support the campaign in the House of Lords, and to the students, staff, parents and MPs who have also made an enormous contribution. Today’s news will be welcomed across the education world, and will be reassuring for both young people and employers. We will of course keep a close eye on the list of qualifications that the government does propose to defund, but our hope is this list will now be much smaller than originally intended. The Protect Student Choice coalition will convene after the Easter break to discuss how the campaign will evolve in light of today’s news.”

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