FE manifesto: 4 ways to fix college funding

Tes is reporting that college leaders, staff and students have backed a manifesto calling for a 5 per cent annual increase in the 16 to 19 funding rate for each of the next five years.

The manifesto is central to the Love Our Colleges campaign, which is backed by the Association of Colleges (AoC), NUS students’ union, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), University and College Union (UCU), GMB, TUC, National Education Union (NEU) and Unison.

The campaign will form part of Colleges Week, which is scheduled to take place from Monday 15 October to Friday 19 October.

On pay, the manifesto acknowledges that the inflation-adjusted value of staff wages has fallen by a quarter since 2009, meaning college teachers now earn £7,000 less on average than school teachers.


The manifesto calls on the government to increase college funding to sustainable levels, including:

  • Increasing the 16 to 19 funding rate by 5 per cent a year for each of the next five years, and extending the pupil premium to cover post-16 students.

  • Fully funding a National Retraining Scheme to support level 3 to 5 skills.

  • Introducing a lifetime learning entitlement to fund skills training for all adults who have not previously achieved a level 3 qualification.

  • Providing immediate exceptional funding, ring-fenced for pay, to cover the costs of a “fair pay deal” for college staff from this year onwards.

Read more FE manifesto: 4 ways to fix college funding

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