Colleges are struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of students who have been excluded, “off-rolled” or home-schooled during their GCSE years amid “insufficient” funding, according to a new report. 

Staff in further education colleges are being given “inadequate” handover information about teenagers who have dropped out of school between 14 and 16 and who arrive with complex needs. 

The Association of Colleges (AoC) says more funding is needed to provide vital support for these students who enrol at age 16 to stop behavioural issues from getting worse.

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