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SFCA responds to launch of Post-16 Capacity Fund

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Responding to today’s announcement, Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said:

“We are delighted to see the launch of the new 16-19 Capacity fund. SFCA has been making the case for a dedicated capital expansion fund for 16-19 providers since 2018, and this was one of two recommendations we made ahead of the 2020 spending round in November. Our members have been eagerly awaiting the detail since then, and we expect a significant number to submit a bid to expand their estate in order to create more student places. The fund will benefit institutions in areas where there is a demographic increase in this age group and it is an important first step to accommodating the 260,000 additional 16 to 19 year olds that will participate in education in the coming years. Although the £83 million announced today is only for one year, we hope a longer term deal can be struck in the forthcoming spending review”.

Notes:

  1. SFCA’s submission to the 2020 spending round can be found here. The idea of a capital expansion fund for sixth form providers was first put forward in SFCA’s submission to the 2018 Budget. More information about our  campaign for a capital fund can be found here.
  2. The Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) is the established voice of dedicated sixth form education and the hub of a national network of sixth form providers: https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/
  3. For more information, please contact James Kewin at the Sixth Form Colleges Association: 07887 990120 james.kewin@sixthformcolleges.org
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