Welcoming the new Secretary of State and PM

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Commenting on the appointment of the new Prime Minister and Secretary of State, Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association said:

"The Sixth Form Colleges Association looks forward to working with the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and Secretary of State for Education, Kit Malthouse, to ensure that every sixth form student in England receives a word class education. There are some major issues to address including: funding levels in the face of inflation and increased costs, recruitment in the face of teacher and support staff shortages, the future role of applied general qualifications, and the implications of colleges moving to the public sector alongside growing interest in academisation.

Every single sixth form college has been judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding; colleges have an established tradition of excellent student outcomes and destinations, they have experience and expertise in governance and finance, and they are working effectively with families of local schools and universities. The sector has a great deal to offer and we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure that the new administration recognises this, and provides colleges with the support and resources they need to deliver the very best education for students."

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