Principal calls for level funding for sixth forms
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.