ATL opposes plans to introduce student loans for over 24s going into further education
25 May 2012
Jill Stokoe, education policy adviser at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said:
"We urge the government to withdraw its plans to introduce student loans for anyone over 24 who wants to do A-levels or equivalent courses. Recent research suggests that more than two in five potential adult students would be unlikely to take on a loan for a course and more than 100,000 people will not get further training as a result. These plans will prevent thousands of young adults being able to go onto higher education or skilled employment, and coupled with the withdrawal of the education maintenance allowance (EMA), will significantly reduce their opportunities in life."
Notes to editors
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 160,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, tertiary and further education colleges in the United Kingdom.
ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice.
ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.