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THE biggest shake-up of post-16 education is beginning on Merseyside.

The Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council (GMLSC) was launching a big consultation exercise today to find out what changes need to be made to school sixth forms, sixth form colleges,further education colleges, work based learning and adult learning.

A breakfast meeting was held today with headteachers,MPs,education chiefs and industry leaders to launch the consultation.

In February 2002, the GMLSC announced the outcome of a review in north Liverpool that threatened to close all the school sixth forms and replace them with one or two sixth form centres.

But no further action was taken on the proposals.

Schools across Liverpool are waiting to hear about their plans to form sixth form clusters after the GMLSC asked them to come up with school groupings so pupils could access a wider range of subjects.

It will mean pupils will be able to take courses at their own school and other schools in their cluster with timetables arranged so there are no clashes.

But the review announced today is a far wider reaching shake-up with the final proposals to be up and running by early 2005.

GMLSC chairman Roger Hoyle said: ``Greater Merseyside needs to ups kill its workforce and the LSC has a key role in enabling both young people and adults to gain the skills that will continue to drive regeneration and the economic competitiveness of the area.

``This review is the essential route map for that process.''


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2003
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