26 Aug '14

News Why aren't colleges welcoming 14-year-olds?

FE institutions are now able to enrol pupils full time but it seems that high costs and safety worries mean that few are doing soEmilia Millward struggled at school. She didn't enjoy lessons and was bottom of the class for maths and English. "It was a nightmare getting her to go in the mornings," recalls her mother, Michelle. So when she heard that the local college was offering places to 14-year-olds who wanted to take vocational options in years 10 and 11, she thought this might be a better option.Emilia, now 15, is about to go into her second year of a catering course at Middlesborough College, which she studies alongside GCSEs in maths and English. In less than 12 months her maths mark has risen from 23% to 83% and she was recently awarded the "student of the year" prize. "The campus is brilliant and my class only has 12 people in it, which is much smaller than school, so you get more help from teachers," she says. Continue reading...

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