Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “Sixth forms and colleges have been particularly hard hit by cuts to education funding. Not only has this impacted the quality of education and options available for students post-16, it has also had a knock-on effect on schools, as those with sixth forms have been forced to make up the shortfall from already insufficient budgets.
“All phases of education need to be properly funded, from early years through school to post-16, as well as SEND provision and health and social care services, to ensure that the needs of all children are met. Only new money from the Treasury will solve the funding crisis.”
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