Call for 16-19 education funding review as report reveals extent of cuts

The education sector is calling for an urgent government review of the impact of funding cuts on disadvantaged students after new research reveals how far they have gone. School sixth forms, sixth form colleges and further education (FE) colleges funding fell by 16 per cent between 2010/11 and 2018/19. The real-terms cuts are double the rate seen across the schools budget, which fell by 8 per cent between 2009/10 and 2017/18. Independent research body the Education Policy Institute (EPI), which produced the report, 16-19 Education Funding Trends and Implications, is calling for the government to review the cuts and assess the impact on disadvantaged students. The report, commissioned by education think-tank Pearson, found that school sixth forms saw the largest cuts in this age bracket. Funding plummeted 26 per cent from 2010/11 to 2018/19, while in sixth form colleges and FE colleges, it fell by 18 per cent. Read more.

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