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Sixth Form Education: Finance

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many representations he has received on the funding allocations made by the Learning and Skills Council to schools for post-16 education in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement. (271053)

[holding answer 24 April 2009]: We have been working across Government to identify additional funding for the recent unanticipated surge in demand for education and training in part due to these exceptional economic times. Thanks to the £655 million funding announcement in the Budget, we will be able to deliver this and more, and fund learning for an additional 54,500 young people this year and next. The funding is split £251 million in 2009-10 and £404 million in 2010-11 and will fund an additional 54,500 learners each year. This will mean that we have funding for at least 1,550,000 for 2009/10 and 2010/11.

This will mean we have quickly reassured school and college leaders who had previously feared their financial allocations would not fund their growth in the number of young people wanting to continue learning. It will also mean that we can fund a further 20,000 young people who have yet to make their choice of learning place.

The LSC are currently working through the final 2009-10 school sixth-form and FE college allocations and will be writing out to them as soon as possible. At close of business on 21 April 2009 the Department had received 573 written representations regarding the post 16 funding allocations for 2009-10.