16-19 education in danger of being turned into ‘Cinderella service’

11 August 2015

The future of sixth-form colleges in England is under serious threat as a result of Government cuts to the sector’s funding, according to a survey published today (Tuesday, 11 August) by the Sixth Form Colleges Association.

Commenting on these findings, Malcolm Trobe, Deputy General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “The level of 16-19 education funding is far too low and this sector is in danger of being turned into a ‘Cinderella service’, despite its obvious importance to young people and to the country.

“We are extremely concerned that this situation is having a major impact on the best efforts of school sixth-forms, sixth-form colleges and FE colleges to offer a full range of educational opportunities to young people. Given such low levels of funding, it is simply not possible to employ teachers in every subject area and this is leading to key subjects being dropped from the curriculum.

“Along with a number of other associations we have recently written letters to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Chancellor George Osborne expressing our concerns and urging action. The education of 16-19 year olds is crucial both to students personally and to the economic well-being of the country. The Government must urgently address this situation.”