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SFCA responds to 2021 Budget and Spending Review

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SFCA responds to 2021 Budget and Spending Review

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

“We asked three things of the Chancellor in this year’s spending review: boost capital funding for providers of 16 to 19 education that wish to expand, make a long-term commitment to the increases in revenue funding announced in 2019, and raise the rate of core funding for every sixth form student. On capital, it is our understanding that the post-16 capacity fund - currently a one year scheme - will be extended for a further 3 years through the additional funding announced today. That is excellent news, and will benefit colleges that are currently oversubscribed and help to accommodate the thousands of additional 16 to 19 year olds that will participate in education in the coming years. We are also pleased that the government has committed to maintaining the funding gains made in the 2019 spending round and to protecting revenue funding in real terms. However, at this stage, it is too early to say what the new funding rate will be or how funding 40 additional hours of learning per student, per year, will work in practice. We look forward to working through the details of this with officials in the days and weeks ahead”.  

Notes:

  1. SFCA’s submission to the 2021 spending review can be found here
  2. SFCA’s campaign for a dedicated sixth form capital expansion fund led to the creation of the post-16 capacity fund announced in the 2020 spending round 
  3. SFCA is co-ordinating the Raise the Rate campaign to increase the base rate of funding for 16 to 19 year olds:  https://www.raisetherate.org.uk/
  4. For more information, please contact James Kewin at the Sixth Form Colleges Association: 07887 990120 james.kewin@sixthformcolleges.org
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