Welfare to Work

– GCSE Pupils Forced Out of Further Education and onto Benefits

This summer has seen a considerably high proportion of students achieving exceptional GSCE and A Level results.  This coupled, with the shortage of higher education places means that colleges will be saturated with high achieving GCSE students and prospective university students who have been unable to secure a place at their chosen institution.


The University College Union (UCU) have issued a warning in response to this situation saying that the pressure on colleges to meet performance targets means that they will be more selective about their intake, which could force poorly performing GCSE pupils “out of college and into a competitive job market or onto the dole”.

The union’s Senior Further Education Policy Officer, Dan Taubman, said:

This is particularly worrying when we consider the number of young people already Not in Education, Employment or Training and the current job market. We see little economic or social benefit in forcing more young people onto the dole and believe the government has to look seriously at funding more places in further and higher education as part of the forthcoming spending review”.

See the full release here

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