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Jon Cruddas among 118 politicians urging government not to scrap BTECs

Jon Cruddas is calling for the government to continue supporting BTECs 

Government plans to cut support for most BTECs have been described as a “step backwards for social mobility” by the MP for Dagenham and Rainham.

The Department for Transport announced it will introduce a twin-track system of A levels and T levels, a new set of technical qualifications, in July.

Funding for larger BTECs, equivalent in size to two or three A levels, will be scrapped if the government deems they overlap with the other qualifications. 

Jon Cruddas is one of 118 MPs and peers who have written to the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, urging him to retain BTECs as they provide a different type of educational experience that combines practical skills with academic learning. 

Their letter states the new system “will leave many students without a viable pathway after their GCSEs, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds”.

It also highlights reports from the education sector that claim “removing the vast majority of BTECs will lead to students taking courses that do not meet their needs, or dropping out of education altogether”.

The group of politicians support the introduction of T levels but said BTECs do not need to be removed for them to succeed and both qualifications can co-exist. 

Their campaign is being backed by a coalition of 21 organisations that represent and support students and staff in schools, colleges and universities. 

Jon Cruddas said: “If the government goes ahead with their plans to scrap BTEC qualifications it will be a step backwards for social mobility and will do little to address the growing skills shortage in the United Kingdom.

“I am in complete support of the campaign to protect student choice and am urging the Secretary of State for Education to reassess the decision to scrap BTECs.”

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