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Sixth Form Education: Finance

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families pursuant to the Answer of 28 April 2008, Official Report, column 238W, on sixth form education: finance, on what date he plans to publish the KPMG report on the funding gap between school sixth forms and further education colleges; and if he will make a statement. (203907)

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Statement of Priorities, published in November 2007, stated that introducing a standard common 16-18 funding system for schools, colleges and providers will help us to narrow further the funding gap between school sixth forms and colleges. The KPMG independent research report on the 16-18 FE/School Sixth Form Funding Gap is available on the LSC’s website from 8 May 2008. That report highlights the progress made in closing the gap from more than 14 per cent. in 2004/05 by 8 per cent. points in 2008/09. The LSC will be contacting external stakeholders by e-mail advising of the publication of the report and also giving the website link.