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Further Education

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families if he will take steps to provide the same funding to further education students on the same course at a college and a school sixth form. (321864)

Funding for students in colleges and school sixth forms has increased 72 per cent. in seven years. We have delivered our commitment to close the funding gap for like for like learning between schools and colleges by 8 percentage points by the end of the 2008/09 academic year, and we are committed to closing it further as funding allows. Our policy priority is to fund the September Guarantee to ensure every 16 and 17-year-old who wants one has a suitable place in education and training.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he plans to take steps to ensure that funding allocations to further education students on the same course at a college and in school sixth form are made at the same level. (322249)

Funding for students in colleges and school sixth forms has increased 72 per cent. in seven years. We have delivered our commitment to close the funding gap for like for like learning between schools and colleges by 8 percentage points by the end of the 2008/09 academic year, and we are committed to closing it further as funding allows. Our priority is to fund the September Guarantee to ensure every 16 and 17-year-old who wants one has a suitable place in education and training.

Funding allocations for 2010/11 are currently being finalised and have been made on the same funding rate basis as the 2009/10 allocations. This was in order to fully fund the September Guarantee in increasing 16 to 18 participation to a record 1.6 million learner places, and to meet the Department's 2010-11 efficiency savings commitment.