Sir David visiting Canon Slade
Sir David visiting Canon Slade

I have previously written about the funding problems faced by our Sixth Form colleges, which risks educational standards and deprives students of extra support that can be key to improving social mobility.

The Chancellor had the chance to address these issues during the budget but chose not to.

A new report from London Economics highlights the effects of the Government’s freeze on Sixth Form funding combined with increases in running costs.

The report shows that funding declined by 22 per cent between 2010-11 and 2016-17, resulting in a 15% decrease in teaching staff while student numbers increased by 6%.

Sixth Form colleges will need an increase in funding of at least £760 per student by 2020-21 in order to support student services for physical and mental health, protect minority subjects such as modern languages from being dropped and increase extra­curricular activities such as careers advice, employability skills, and work experience.

I am continuing to lobby the Government to support our Sixth Formers and I am one of 13 MPs to sign an Early Day Motion to highlight this important research –

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