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UCU response to Tory post-16 qualification reforms

4 October 2023

Responding to the government's proposals to introduce an Advanced British Standard qualification, UCU general secretary Jo Grady said:

'The Prime Minister's announcement of reforms to post-16 education are a further example of a government out of touch that is tinkering around the edges rather than offering genuine support to students or staff.   School and college teachers need inflation-matching pay uplifts, not bonuses, but over the past year Sunak has gone to war with education staff, who have had to go out on strike for fair pay.

'A Levels are tried and tested and already successfully being blended with BTECs, whereas T levels are failing. Ministers should be listening to teachers, not pulling ideas out of the hat as a desperate way to shore up support for a failing government.'

Last updated: 5 October 2023