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SFCA responds to NAO report on college finances

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

“This is a helpful report that provides further evidence of the damage a decade of underinvestment has had on college finances. As the NAO highlights, funding cuts accompanied by rising costs and competitive pressures have hampered the financial sustainability of colleges and led to a reduction in the support available to students.  

The scope of the report only allowed the NAO to focus on colleges. However, we believe the Department for Education should focus on ensuring that all 16 to 18 year olds in England are receiving the right level of investment in their education, not just those that attend a particular type of institution. The Department must ensure that all young people have access to a high quality of education, irrespective of where they choose to study – the best way to achieve this is to raise the rate of sixth form funding in the forthcoming spending review.”   

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