ATL comment on impact of funding pressures on sixth form colleges

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Press release
05 November 2016 by ATL Media Office
Dr Norman Crowther, ATL's national official for post 16 education, comments on the report about the impact of funding cuts on sixth form colleges by the Sixth Form Colleges Association.

Commenting on the report about the impact of funding cuts on sixth form colleges by the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), Dr Norman Crowther, Association of Teachers and Lecturers' national official for post 16 education, said:

"It is a sad state of affairs when high performing and high quality sixth form colleges are being put to the sword.

"The Government is exposing sixth form colleges, the main deliverer of A-levels, to financial and market pressures by cutting their funding in real terms and forcing them to compete with sixth forms in schools, academies and free schools, and with university technical colleges and further education colleges. It is hardly surprising that sixth form colleges are now in crisis, as the SFCA report maintains.

"We fear that the financial pressures will force some sixth form colleges to close, which will reduce the choice for young people."

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