Sixth Form Colleges Association responds to today's spending roundBack
Bill Watkin, Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association said:
“The Chancellor used today’s spending round to confirm the £400 million investment in 16 to 19 education announced at the weekend. This is a welcome first step to giving 16 to 19 education the investment it needs. The Raise the Rate campaign will continue to press for a much bigger increase in core funding than the £188 per student announced today, but we now have a foundation on which to build. Our thanks go to the coalition of campaign partners, colleges, schools, parents, students and MPs that has worked tirelessly to secure today’s increase in funding.
“We should not overlook the other elements of today’s announcement, particularly the £120 million to increase funding for high cost courses. We will be making a strong case for this investment to be distributed as widely as possible and not limited to increase funding for a small number of technical courses.
“Our thoughts now turn to next year’s spending review. We must build on the progress made today and work in partnership across 16 to 19 education to secure a long term funding settlement that raises the rate in full and covers the costs of pension and other cost increases that colleges and schools will continue to face.”