Education Secretary: English and Maths a Key Challenge in FE

25 November 2016

Justine Greening

The Education Secretary highlighted improving the English and maths skills of post-16 learners as a key challenge as she spoke at the AoC Conference in November.

Justine Greening confirmed her commitment to raising standards across the FE sector, stating that the right balance needs to be struck on “…a system that really pushes people, so we’re not giving up on them being able to reach their potential”.

However, she also said that “there’s a clear sense of getting them from A to B quickly so they’re not spending time running upwards against a brick wall that they’re not going to get over”, which certainly resonates with the current debate about whether those without a C grade in GCSE English and/or maths should retake the subject after they have finished school. In 2015, the government introduced requirements stating that all students with GCSE Grade D in English and maths are required to enrol on a GCSE course, and not a ‘stepping stone’ qualification.

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