Steve Brine MP has questioned the Government’s plans to remove BTECs, during a Westminster Hall debate led by Labour MP, Marsha De Cordova.
Following an e-petition against the scrapping of BTEC’s which garnered over 13,000 signatures from across the country and over 400 from Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, the House of Commons picked up the issue in Westminster Hall.
The MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford used the opportunity to share concerns about the removal of BTEC’s effects on one of the country’s largest sixth forms, Peter Symonds College, and it’s students.
Whilst intervening on the a speech given by the Member for Battersea, Steve Brine said; “Would the Honourable Lady agree that what we need to hear from the new Minister today, who I welcome to her place, that if the Government is to proceed with this policy and remove BTECs, what is the viable pathway that they envisage for those young people who are going to then want to move onto higher education or skilled employment through colleges such as Peter Symonds serving my constituents and many of the MPs around me in Hampshire?”
Following the debate the Principal of Peter Symonds College, Sara Russell, said; “Thank you very much Steve, for speaking up on behalf of Symonds students and the campaign.
We will appreciate anything you can do to address the issue when the new Prime Minister and incoming Secretary of State for Education are announced.”