Prin­ci­pal calls for level fund­ing for sixth forms

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CIRENCES­TER Col­lege prin­ci­pal Jim Grant has urged the Gov­ern­ment to in­crease fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing across Glouces­ter­shire.

Sixth form providers re­ceive £4,000 per stu­dent, com­pared to £5,400 for sec­ondary pupils and £9,000 for univer­sity.

As a re­sult, they have half the teach­ing time that in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors give 16-19 year olds.

Speak­ing on BBC Ra­dio 4, Jim stressed the need to cre­ate a ‘level play­ing field’ with those in schools and uni­ver­si­ties.

He said: “They [16-19 year olds] are the for­got­ten age group.

“It’s the lack of fair­ness that frus­trates me more than ac­tual amounts.”

Mr Grant has reached out to MPS and schools across Glouces­ter­shire, Swin­don and North Wilt­shire and asked them to back the Raise the Rate cam­paign which is fight­ing for in­creased fund­ing.

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