Many university leaders have been uneasy about the Conservatives’ plans to enforce school sponsorship. Anne-Marie Canning argues that instead, universities should embrace the challenge to help raise attainment in schools.
Technical education has hitherto been too complex to meet the needs of learners. Universities, schools and colleges should collaborate more actively to give students greater flexibility and support as they prepare for their careers.
Forcing universities to open or sponsor schools runs the risk of diverting resources away from already effective widening access activities. Maddalaine Ansell lists her objections to the government’s plans for compulsory sponsorship.