The base rate of per-student, sixth-form funding has been frozen at £4,000 for seven consecutive years. As a result, real-terms funding dropped by 18 per cent between 2010-11 and 2018-19, according to the Education Policy Institute. Tes reports.
However the rate will finally go up in 2020-21, the Treasury has announced. The move follows extensive campaigning and lobbying by sector bodies such as the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA).
Education secretary Gavin Williamson said: “As former FE students, the chancellor and I both know first-hand how important the further education sector is so I’m really pleased that today that government is giving our sixth forms and colleges a major funding boost – the single biggest annual uplift since 2010.
“This investment will make sure we can continue to develop world-class technical and vocational education to rival countries on the continent so we have a highly skilled and productive workforce for the future.”
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