A lively question and answer session was held at Winstanley College last week, with Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue. Students were keen to meet with the MP to find out the latest on the campaign for increased funding for sixth forms.
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.
A review by The Sixth Form College’s Association suggests that a modest annual increase in funding of £200 per student would help schools and colleges to begin reassembling the range of support activities required to meet the individual needs of young people.
The SFCA announced the 10th November as a day of action and encouraged colleges to invite their local MP in to discuss the progress of the campaign.
The Principal and students from local Sixth Form, St John Rigby also attended Yvonne’s q&a session to show their support for this sector-wide issue. Students from both colleges asked some well-researched questions and were keen to find out what they could do to help.
Louise Tipping, Winstanley College Principal, said: ‘we are extremely grateful to Yvonne for her support on this pressing issue. Both us and St John Rigby will continue to do everything we can to campaign for fairer funding.’