Education: 16 to 19-year-olds

Education – in the House of Commons at on 23 October 2023.

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Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Conservative, South Derbyshire

What steps her Department is taking to support people aged 16 to 19 in education.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Education)

We are investing an additional £3.8 billion over the course of the Parliament to strengthen post-16 education and training, and we will boost 16-to-19 funding by £1.6 billion compared with 2021-22. We have launched our T-level programme, and 52% of apprenticeship starts in 2022-23 provisionally were by young people under 25.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler Conservative, South Derbyshire

I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Does the Department have any jurisdiction over an academy refusing to offer a sixth-form place to a high-performing pupil with special educational needs who has more than met the academic requirements for one?

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Education)

I was really sorry to hear about the difficult experiences of my hon. Friend’s constituent; I was disturbed to hear what has gone on. I know that my hon. Friend has raised the matter in correspondence with the Department, which the Under-Secretary of State, my hon. Friend David Johnston, recently addressed. I hope that her constituent is now safely settling in at her new college, but the Schools Minister and I will absolutely look at this again.