NAHT has joined forces with eleven other associations that represent school and college leaders, students, governors and support staff to urge the Chancellor to increase funding for sixth form education.
In a jointly signed letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, the associations claim that a combination of funding cuts and cost increases “has left much less money for schools and colleges to spend on the front-line education of students at a time when the needs of young people have become increasingly complex (for example the sharp rise in students experiencing mental health problems).”
Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary, said: “Sixth forms and colleges have been particularly hard hit by cuts to education funding. That directly impacts the quality of education and opportunities for young people at a crucial moment in their lives, as they launch into the world of work or higher education and make important decisions about their futures.
“The issue of school and college funding isn’t going away. The government has tried to ignore it, but more and more groups are making their voices heard. School leaders, teachers, governors, local government, parents, charities, think tanks, and research institutions, all agree: Only new money from the Treasury will solve the school funding crisis.”
Read the letter in full here and find out more about the sixth form funding crisis via the Raise the Rate website.
First published 25 October 2018