Spending Review 2020: What sixth forms need

Spending Review 2020: What sixth forms need

Our members are drivers of productivity – the UK’s economic recovery from COVID-19 will be delivered by leaders, scientists, technicians, engineers and others educated in our colleges. They also level up opportunity – our members educate a more disadvantaged cohort than school and academy sixth forms but still have superior rates of progression to higher education (including progression to the most selective universities). 

Two recommendations: Raise the Rate and Create the Capital 

We have two main recommendations for the comprehensive spending review (CSR): raise the rate and create the capital. These recommendations will benefit all 1.1 million 16 to 18 year olds participating in education in England (and the 260,000 set to join them in the next few years), not just those studying in our member institutions.  

  1. The national funding rate for 16 to 18 year olds is insufficient and it must be raised to at least £4,760 per year. This is the most efficient and effective way to “ensure every young person receives a superb education” (one of the CSR’s key priorities) and was the first recommendation in the education select committee’s report on school and college funding last year. College and school leaders need the tools to do the job and the freedom to tailor funding to meet the needs of their students. Micro interventions aimed at particular subjects or qualifications will continue to have a micro impact.  
  2. Capital funding for 16 to 18 year olds is also insufficient and the government must create a dedicated expansion fund to cater for the sharp increase in 16 to 18 year olds participating in education. Expanding existing, high performing institutions offers better value for money (it is a lot cheaper to do) at lower risk (they already have a proven track record) than opening brand new ones.

You can read our full submission to the spending review here.

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