BTEC defunding – important update

5 July 2022

We are delighted that there is going to be a #ProtectStudentChoice debate in Parliament, triggered by reaching over 100,000 petition signatures. ASCL continues to be a key partner in this ongoing campaign and we are grateful to the many thousands of our members who have supported the campaign and signed the petition.
The debate will take place in Westminster Hall at 4.30pm on Monday 18 July. We now need your help to ensure that as many MPs as possible attend. You can access a template here which you can use to send to your local MP. This template can be supplemented by referencing your specific school or college information if you wish.

Examples of specific information could be:  
  • the positive impact that applied general qualifications (AGQs) have had on your students (specific case studies are always useful)
  • the AGQs that you are most concerned about losing as a school/college, and the impact this would have
  • why AGQs will still be needed for your students, even when T levels are up and running  
The recent list of initial qualifications to be defunded would undoubtedly have included many more qualifications without the #ProtectStudentChoice campaign – we need to continue to keep the pressure on the government.

If you have any further queries, feel free to contact Kevin Gilmartin, ASCL Post-16 Specialist at