SFCA Response to Autumn Budget

Responding to today’s Budget, James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association said:

The Chancellor has once again missed the opportunity to provide schools and colleges with the funding they need to continue delivering the high quality, internationally-competitive education our young people deserve. It is even unclear if the £400 million the Chancellor has set aside for ‘extra bits of kit’ in schools will  be available to colleges. What is clear is that the government has found £420 million to fix potholes this year but no new money to increase core funding for the education of 16 to 18 year olds. Along with our partners in the Raise the Rate campaign we will continue to press the government to increase the funding rate for sixth form students in next year’s spending review. The government cannot go on endlessly re-announcing funding for technical education - it should instead raise the rate to ensure that schools and colleges receive the funding they need to provide all young people with a high quality education -  irrespective of the qualifications they choose to study.