March 2014

The know zone

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The focus in this Leader is on ASCL Council’s Post-16 Committee, which has a wide-ranging remit that includes all aspects of post-16 education in schools and colleges.

Post-16 Committee

The committee also considers conditions of service of members in colleges, relationships between ASCL and other bodies relevant to post-16, relevant training programmes, bursaries and financial support of students over 16, UCAS and university entrance, and in conjunction with ASCL Council’s Funding Committee, the post-16 committee also considers 16-19 and adult funding issues.

On the topic of funding, ASCL Council echoed the outrage from across the post-16 sector at the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA’s) announcement late last year of a 17.5 per cent funding cut for 18 year-old students, ASCL Council put the following position statement together:

Education funding should be treated equitably from 0 to 18 years and not have a cut-off at 16 years, as at present. Reducing the funding for post-16 makes no sense given the raising of the participation age.

In addition to this, at a meeting with the EFA Advisory Board in January, ASCL Deputy General Secretary, Malcolm Trobe, again strongly voiced the concerns of members with post-16 students about the cuts being made to the funding for students aged 18-19. He pointed out that these students cost the same to educate as those students aged 16-18, are often on a three-year programme and that this ‘cut’ hits the most vulnerable students. ASCL, SFCA and AoC collaborated closely on statements condemning the decision, which were reported in the media.

It is likely that funding rates and allocations will be published this month.