Sixth-form centres warn government spending cuts may stop them offering A-levels

The Independent is reporting that leading sixth-form centres are warning that their ability to offer A-levels is in jeopardy because of impending government spending cuts…

Principals of the leading 11 best-performing sixth-form colleges in the country for A-level results are also warning of the prospect of rising class sizes and teacher redundancies.

“Parents out there didn’t hear the message that the Conservative Party intended to slash A-level funding during the election campaign,” said Nick Burnham, principal of Cardinal Newman Sixth Form College in Preston, Lancashire.

He said his college – with more than 3,000 students, it is one of the biggest in the country and ranked third-best for improving pupil performance between enrolment and taking exams – will lose £1.7m worth of protected government funding from cuts next year…

The country’s 93 sixth-form colleges are in this dilemma, partly because the Conservatives’ election pledge to maintain education spending only covered provision for five- to 16-year-olds.  As a result, they believe, much of the £450m in education savings announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne, last week will come from sixth-form budgets…

The Sixth Form Colleges Association, which represents all 93 colleges, educating 30,000 students – warned: “Some sixth-form colleges will have lost a third of their funding in real terms between 2011 and 2016…”

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The DfE claim the base rate of funding for 16- to 19-year olds in the academic year 2015/16 will continue at the same level as in the academic year 2014/15…

Is this correct and, even if so, what does it miss – why has funding suffered so much in this sector?

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