Increase college funding to sustainable levels - all students deserve equality!

We call on the Government to urgently increase college funding to sustainable levels, including immediate parity with recently announced increases to schools funding. This will give all students a fair chance, give college staff fair pay and provide the high-quality skills the country needs.

This petition closed on 10 Apr 2019 with 72,241 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Increase college funding to sustainable levels - all students deserve equality!

1. A debate on a motion on e-petition 229744 relating to college funding
18/01/2019 - Commons Research

Found: Debate on e-petition 229744 relating to college funding By Shadi Danechi David Foster Alexander Bellis

2. 10 Oct 2018 - School and college funding - oral evidence
15/07/2019 - Inquiry: School and college funding - Education Committee
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Found: and college funding - 10 Oct 2018 Education Committee Oral evidence: School and College Funding, HC 969

3. Government Response: A ten-year plan for school and college funding
24/10/2019 - Inquiry: School and college funding - Education Committee
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Found: Education Committee r eport on school and college funding October 201 9 CP 19 0 C P

4. London Councils - written evidence
19/06/2018 - Inquiry: School and college funding - Education Committee
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Found: Select Committee’s inquiry into school and college funding. This is an area of significant concern for

5. NAHT - written evidence
19/06/2018 - Inquiry: School and college funding - Education Committee
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Found: to the call for written submissions to the inquiry intended to inform the DfE’s bid for funding for schools

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1. Petition
29/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: Brockenhurst College in my constituency, an outstanding further education college, on the funding differential - Speech Link

2. College Funding
21/01/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: has considered e-petition 229744 relating to college funding.I am moving the motion on behalf of - Speech Link

3. Equality of Funding: Post-16 Education
25/02/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: move,That this House has considered equality of funding for post-16 education.I am delighted - Speech Link
2: to be enough, should we not acknowledge that A-levels are part time and expect people to go out to work - Speech Link
3: agree that it is not realistic to expect A-level students to go out and work when they should be studying - Speech Link

4. Further Education Funding
02/04/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: That this House has considered further education funding.Good morning, Sir Roger. It is a pleasure - Speech Link
2: Friend for securing the debate. Peter Symonds College in Winchester is the largest in England. It has - Speech Link
3: we would like to see from more funding going into the sector, what skills and productivity we should be - Speech Link

5. Oral Answers to Questions
11/03/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: develop the skills they will need in adult life. There was a wide consultation on reforming A-levels to ensure - Speech Link
2: This is down to a 21% real-terms cut in education funding for sixth forms. Does she not share my concern - Speech Link
3: 21. Given that the UK has one of the lowest levels of women engineers anywhere in Europe, what steps - Speech Link
4: the same opportunities and are represented at all levels, not only in engineering. We know that 44% of our - Speech Link

6. Education Funding
13/11/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: 2010, including funding cuts of over two thirds to Sure Start, of nearly a tenth to schools, of over a fifth - Speech Link
2: 2010, including funding cuts of over two thirds to Sure Start, of nearly a tenth to schools, of over a fifth - Speech Link

7. Oral Answers to Questions
02/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: to ensure that schools receive equitable levels of funding under the national funding formula. [901027] - Speech Link
2: to ensure that schools receive equitable levels of funding under the national funding formula. [901028] - Speech Link
3: additional £2.6 billion, including £780 million for high needs in 2020-21 and £1.5 billion for the cost of the - Speech Link
4: is home to some of the best performing primary schools in the country, sadly, at secondary level, there - Speech Link
5: key area of secondary schools. This already seems to be having an impact on schools—that was certainly my - Speech Link

8. Oral Answers to Questions
29/04/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: us all to grapple with. I am not in a position to give her a date for publication of the Timpson review - Speech Link
2: report, will the Secretary of State commit to my call—one that is supported by Ofsted, the National Education - Speech Link
3: constituency of the use of isolation units in schools, where students are removed from lessons and placed in - Speech Link
4: debate on related matters recently in the House. We support headteachers and schools in making decisions on - Speech Link
5: they seem disproportionately likely to attend schools that are fond of organising long-haul flights across - Speech Link
6: other 27 children in the class and, indeed, the staff in the school. There has been an upward trend in - Speech Link
7: look at whether powers are needed by the regional schools commissioners to enable them to work with local - Speech Link
8: why the quality of alternative provision is so important. I pay tribute to the brilliant staff and leaders - Speech Link

9. Catholic Sixth-form Colleges
05/03/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: Government’s funding of post-16 education: they are not academies, so they receive less funding than colleges - Speech Link
2: this point the enormous concentration that that college and other Catholic sixth-form colleges have shown - Speech Link
3: sixth-form colleges deserve his praise for their teaching about social justice.The staff at St Dominic’s - Speech Link

10. Oral Answers to Questions
10/09/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: education sector to make sure it is sustainable and continues to give the excellent education it already - Speech Link
2: to 47%. We have also protected the base rate of funding for 16 to 19-year-olds until 2020. I should add - Speech Link
3: available for disadvantaged students in 2017-18; there is a supplement of £600 for every additional level 3 maths - Speech Link
4: real danger of cost pressures from pay increases and pension increases. What will the Government do to make - Speech Link
5: indeed will I. We will look to make additional funding available for the teachers’ pension scheme. I am - Speech Link

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Funding for colleges has been cut by almost 30% from 2009 to 2019. A decade of almost continuous cuts and constant reforms have led to a significant reduction in the resources available for teaching and support for sixth formers in schools and colleges; potentially restricted course choice; fewer adults in learning; pressures on staff pay and workload, a growing population that is not able to acquire the skills the UK needs to secure prosperity post-Brexit.


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Government Response

A sustainable plan for further education funding needs to be determined through the Spending Review, informed by the review of post-18 education, and consideration of the needs of the FE sector.


This government is aware of the funding pressures in Further Education and is currently assessing the funding and sustainability of colleges.

However, we think it would be premature to make a short-term increase in further education funding without a sustainable plan for future funding via the next Spending Review. In order to inform any requests we make via the Spending Review, we are looking closely at how we fund providers to ensure the system supports sustainable, high quality education, and it will also be important to take account of the Review of Post -18 Education and Funding.

Although we are not making an immediate increase in college funding levels we are planning to invest nearly £7 billion this academic year to make sure there is a place in education or training, including for apprenticeships, for every 16- to 19-year-old. We have also protected the base rate of funding for 16-19 year olds until 2020. We will introduce our new gold standard T Levels from 2020, and will provide an additional £500m every year once they are fully rolled out.

In addition, we have announced extra support for key priorities. We will provide additional funding to support institutions to grow participation in level 3 maths - an extra £600 for every additional student - with two payments of £600 if, for example, they are studying A level maths over two years. The first of these payments will be made in 2019/20. We have also approved £470m of Restructuring Facility Funding for colleges, of which £150m has been spent so far.

Alongside our investment in 16-19 education and training, the Department for Education was allocated £1.5 billion for the Adult Education Budget (AEB) for each year of the Spending Review period up to 2020, as set out in the 2015 Spending Review.

We recently announced a pay settlement for school teachers and a specific grant to support this. However, FE colleges and sixth form colleges have a different status when compared with schools and academies, as private sector institutions independent of the government. Therefore, we are considering the needs of FE providers separately.

We will continue to look carefully at funding for Further Education in preparation for the next Spending Review.

Department for Education


MPs spoken contributions during 21 Jan 2019 petition debate

Conservative Robert Halfon (View contribution) 1156 words John Hayes (View contribution) 986 words William Wragg (View contribution) 935 words Peter Heaton-Jones 747 words
Independent Anne Milton 1717 words
Labour Daniel Zeichner (View contribution) 3436 words Gordon Marsden 1518 words Emma Hardy (View contribution) 1046 words Lilian Greenwood (View contribution) 946 words
Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse (View contribution) 871 words Stephen Lloyd 732 words