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Contribute to a Parliamentary debate: sixth form funding

Discussion in 'Shape the agenda' started by HouseOfCommons, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. HouseOfCommons

    HouseOfCommons New commenter

    How have cuts to sixth form funding affected your work?

    What adjustments have you had to make to adapt to the current funding system?

    This is a chance to genuinely shape the agenda:

    On Tuesday, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP will lead a Parliamentary debate on how real terms cuts to education budgets are affecting teachers in sixth form colleges.

    To inform his debate, he wants to hear from those with direct experience of the issue. A minister from the Department of Education will attend and respond to the points raised.

    Tell us about your experiences by midday on Monday 24 February. We will pass them on to the MP and he may quote and refer to your contributions during his speech.

    The debate is scheduled for 2.30pm on Tuesday 25 February in Westminster Hall. We will post links to watch the debate and read the transcript as soon as these are available.

    About us: The Digital Engagement Team at the House of Commons work to give online communities a voice in Parliamentary debates. We are hoping to expand the work we do with the TES community in 2020. Please have a look at a summary of how we worked with Mumsnet in 2019.
  2. HouseOfCommons

    HouseOfCommons New commenter


    The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that school spending per pupil reduced by 8% in real terms between 2009/10 and 2018/19.

    Regarding sixth form funding, the Sixth Form College Association states that the national funding rate for 16- and 17-year olds has remained frozen at £4,000 per student, per year since 2013. This falls well short of the £4,760 figure which they argue is required to deliver high-quality, internationally competitive education.

    See the House of Commons Library Insight: School funding in England: sufficient and fair?
  3. HouseOfCommons

    HouseOfCommons New commenter

    During summer 2019, the Johnson Government announced significant real terms school funding increases, beginning from 2020/21.

    The announced funding would mean a real terms increase of £4.4 billion between 2019/20 and 2022/23. The chart shows these increases, year on year.
    However, these figures exclude teachers’ employer pensions contribution funding, and post-16 funding.
    alex_teccy likes this.
  4. Ivanhoe

    Ivanhoe New commenter

    A physics job was advertised in the TES recently in a sixth form college for £19000 a year, benefits included a parking spot which had to be paid for.
    The next job advertised was a physics job in Thailand fo £54000 a year, benefits included an accommodation allowance, free schooling for dependents, paid flights home etc.
    An anecdote perhaps - but one that highlights the budget issues faced by sixth form colleges.

    Great headlines for the press 4.4 billion figure being bandied about - which will impress the public.
    However, how are the extra teacher's employer pension contributions to be funded?
    ParakeetGreen and Mrsmumbles like this.
  5. diddydave

    diddydave Established commenter

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