In Tory Britain, young people are having their future stolen

Aug 11, 2015 by


Vandalising sixth-form colleges is the latest in an onslaught on the aspirations of working-class youth

My old sixth form is slowly bleeding to death, like other sixth-form colleges across the country, and all too few people are speaking out about it. Sixth form is not some stop-gap, an interregnum between school and those aspiring for university. For me, like so many others, it was a crucial stepping stone in life.

Ridge Danyers – or Cheadle and Marple College, as it’s now known – is a rather ugly looking sixth form, but it felt like a liberation from the stultifying atmosphere of high school. It once used to be the biggest provider of adult education in Britain, I’m told; the oldest student in my French A-level class was a woman in her 80s called Beryl. There were thriving vocational courses in areas such as health and social care, and training for aspiring footballers. Every Wednesday afternoon was dedicated to “enrichment”, in the form of a creative writing course.

For the first time, I felt genuinely encouraged to think and to explore ideas. I would never have made it to Oxford without it, and I owe the sixth form far more besides.

Source: In Tory Britain, young people are having their future stolen | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian

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