Here at Notre Dame, we are supporting the Raise the Rate Campaign.
Funding for 16-19 education in sixth form colleges has declined by 22% in real terms since 2010/11. Sixth form colleges received £1,380 less per student in 2016-17 than they did in 2010/11. ( https://sfcawebsite.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/document/LE-Funding-shortfall-in-sixth-form-education-1-1.pdf?t=1545389795)
In terms of the impact of these cuts, these are the key findings of a recent Sixth Form Colleges Association report:
· 51% of schools and colleges have dropped modern foreign languages courses
· 38% have dropped science and technology courses
· 78% have reduced student support or extra-curricular activities. For some, this has included cuts to support for student with mental health difficulties or the provision of careers advice.
The aim of the Raise the Rate campaign is to increase sixth form funding for 16, 17 and 18 year olds. The funding rate currently stands at £4000 per student but the Sixth Form Colleges Association is urging the government to provide at least £4,760 per student. Colleges and school sixth forms will use this funding in part to undo some of the damage done by previous funding cuts and the current funding freeze.
Petition – Raise the Rate: increase the national funding rate for sixth form students. ( https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/230140)