The BBC is reporting that funding pressures mean pupils at sixth-form colleges in England must choose from an increasingly narrow range of A-level subjects, a study has found.
The Sixth Form Colleges Association’s annual survey suggests two-thirds of colleges have had to drop courses. Over half (58%) have also reduced or removed extra-curricular activities such as music, drama and sport.
The SFCA sent its annual questionnaire to all 90 sixth form colleges in England in September, and 80 responded.
The findings indicate:
- Over a third of colleges (39%) have dropped courses in modern foreign languages, with A-levels in German, French and Italian being the main casualties
- 84% of colleges are teaching students in larger class sizes
- Nearly two-thirds of sixth form colleges (64%) say the amount of funding they will receive next year will not be sufficient to offer the support needed for disadvantaged students
- 90% of colleges are either extremely concerned or concerned about the financial health of their institution
The SFCA report expresses concern that non-qualification and extra-curricular activities are being reduced or removed.
It says: “Enrichment activities such as educational visits, sport and the Duke of Edinburgh award play a vital role in developing the skills that are valued by universities and employers and help sixth form students to become engaged and active citizens.”
Have you found that the funding cuts have had to cause sixth-form colleges to reduce their causes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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