A screenshot of the hansard transcript of the debate
A screenshot of the hansard transcript of the debate

Kate has urged the government to increase education funding for sixth forms and colleges during a debate in parliament.

Funding for sixth form students is now significantly lower than funding for students in secondary schools or universities.

A survey from the Sixth Form Colleges Association has shown that funding pressures have led to course closures, reductions in student support services and a sharp increase in class sizes.

Kate used the debate to support local sixth forms and Trafford College.

She supported the Raise the Rate campaign’s call to increase the annual funding rate for 16 to 18 year olds to at least £4,760 per student from the current level of £4,000.

In response, education minister Michelle Donelan MP said that the government would reflect on the points made during the debate in the run up to this year’s spending review.

Commenting on the debate, Kate said “I was pleased to be able to use yesterday’s debate to make the case directly to the minister for a much needed increase in education funding for 16 to 18 year olds.

“This pivotal stage of education has been overlooked for far too long. We are simply not providing our sixth  forms and colleges with the funding they need to deliver a world class education and I will continue campaigning for the government to raise the rate of funding for 16 to 18 year olds.”

James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive of the Sixth Form Colleges Association said: “We were delighted that Kate was able to attend yesterday’s debate and make such a powerful and articulate case to increase investment in sixth form education.

“We are grateful for her continued support for the Raise the Rate campaign and look forward to working together in the run up to this year’s spending review.”

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