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a ‘fair’ funding package for sixth form colleges

20 January 2011

It has been announced that a £90 million 2011-12 package of funding will be given to sixth form colleges for improving buildings and to help meet the demand for additional 16-19 student places which will rise steeply after the compulsory school-leaving age rises to 18 in 2013.

It also makes sixth-form colleges eligible for devolved formula capital for the first time so that funding for maintenance will be given directly to the institution. According to the Government this will give the average sixth-form college an additional £40,000.

David Igoe, chief executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Forum, welcomed the government’s announcement stating that "sixth form colleges have missed out on capital over the last two years and it is very encouraging to see the government redressing this unfairness."

Ironically, this announcement comes at the same time as hostility grows over the government’s proposal to axe EMA. Many commentators argue that this proposal will cause the poorest students to drop out of college and is grossly ‘unfair’.

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