Sixth-form closures ‘inevitable’ as funding cuts bite, experts warn

The TES is reporting warnings that a number of small school sixth forms face closure as a result of the government decision to lower the rate of funding for post-16 education…

The warning comes as organisations representing post-16 institutions – including the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), the Association of Colleges and the Independent Academies Association – write to education secretary Nicky Morgan and chancellor George Osborne to express concern that funding levels are “fundamentally too low”.

Although school budgets have been protected for pupils up to the age of 16, sixth-form provision was cut significantly under the coalition government. Icknield Community College in Oxfordshire was forced last month to abandon plans to open a sixth form in September. 

A similar picture is emerging across the country as school sixth forms struggle to meet their curriculum obligations with shrinking funding…

For the full story, get the 5 June edition of TES

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Your thoughts on the possibility of sixth forms having to close? 

Seems odd when we know there is a population bulge coming through, or is it a deliberate strategy to drive growth in large centres?

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Comments

  1. At the same time as cutting funding for 16+ (and more to come) the last Gov’t insisted those with GCSE D or less in Maths and English must resit.  Where exactly are they supposed to do this?

  2. At the same time as cutting funding for 16+ (and more to come) the last Gov’t insisted those with GCSE D or less in Maths and English must resit.  Where exactly are they supposed to do this?

  3. Nor_edu

    SchoolsImprove yikes p16 needs help. Maybe time to start properly considering Wilshaw’s “clusters”?

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