This Friday 10th November, Cardinal Newman College and Runshaw College are joining forces with other colleges and sixth forms around the country, to call for the Government to increase student funding for 16-19 year olds.
Members of the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) and the Association of Colleges (AoC), together with others in education across the country stand together ahead of the Chancellor’s budget on 22nd November in calling for fairer funding for 16-19 students in colleges and schools.
The main concerns of colleges in England are:
- Funding for 16-18 education has fallen in real or actual terms for 7 years in a row since 2010 and there is now a 21% drop in education funding at age 16-18 compared to 11-16
- on average, sixth form students in England are funded for an average of only 15 hours’ tuition per week, which is much fewer than most other nations in the G20 group.
The national campaign is recommending a modest annual increase in funding of £200 per student, which would help schools and colleges to preserve the range of support activities required to meet the individual needs of young people and help to improve social mobility.
The Principals of both Cardinal Newman College and Runshaw College, Nick Burnham and Simon Partington, feel that it is important to come together to call for change in order to protect sixth form education nationally. The two Colleges, both outstanding providers, are asking the Chancellor to increase funding in line with the campaign’s modest recommendation so that all of our students aged 16-18 can continue to flourish and fulfil their potential.
You can #SupportOurSixthFormers and find out more about the campaign online https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/sos-campaign