ASCL comment on 16-19 funding announcement

31/08/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to today’s announcement on additional funding for 16-19 education
 
Responding to today’s announcement on additional funding for 16-19 education, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We welcome the additional investment in 16-19 education announced today. It is not enough to reverse the damage caused by the cuts of recent years, but it is a step in the right direction. The plight of this vital sector has been ignored for far too long, and we are pleased that the government has finally listened.
 
“The investment announced today will at last mean an increase in the base rate of funding which has been frozen at £4,000 per student for 16 and 17 year olds since 2013. However, it is not enough money to raise the rate to the £4,760 that the House of Commons Education Committee only recently called on the government to deliver as a matter of urgency. This is disappointing, as is the fact that the funding announcement provides no immediate relief and that it covers only the year 2020/21 with no commitment to further investment beyond that timeframe.
 
“We will continue to work constructively with the government to build on today’s announcement and ensure that every sixth form and college is properly funded.”