A Parliamentary Debate on 16-19 funding took place on Thursday 7 September, with MPs being warned that the funding crisis in post-16 education will mean further cuts to courses, rising class sizes and sixth form closures unless urgent action is taken.
Local, Makerfield MP, Yvonne Fovargue, represented Sixth Forms in her constituency at the debate and put forward her argument for increased funding for the sector, stating that: ‘The colleges in Makerfield and I are ambitious for every student, but we need the Government not only to share that ambition but to take practical steps so that it can be achieved.’
Spending on further education and sixth forms fell by 14% in real terms under the coalition government and rising costs are putting huge additional pressure on stretched budgets.
Students and staff at Winstanley College are joining the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA) in their #SupportOurSixthFormers campaign for improved funding. The College’s Student Union President, Vishal Chahwala, met with Yvonne Fovargue to get the latest updates from the Parliamentary debate and to discuss what students can do to raise awareness and get involved.
Louise Tipping, Winstanley College Principal, said: ‘we are extremely grateful to Yvonne for her support on this pressing issue. As a college we will continue to do everything we can to campaign for fairer funding.’