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Higher Education: Part-time Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 23rd November 2016.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to reverse the decline in the number of 31 to 60 year olds studying in part-time higher education in England since 2006-07.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

The Government is committed to supporting learners who study part-time. We have already extended higher education tuition fee loans to part-time students, and from 2018/19, subject to the outcomes of our consultation, we intend to do the same with maintenance loans.

In our February 2016 guidance to the Director of Fair Access (DfA) we asked the DfA to give a renewed focus on part-time study. We are also reviewing our recent call for evidence on credit transfer, which provides support for part-time learners.

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