In January 2019, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools (school sixth forms, academy sixth forms and free school sixth forms) and colleges (FE colleges and sixth form colleges) in England. The survey was conducted on behalf of the twelve organisations behind the Raise the Rate campaign. The aim of the survey was to assess the impact of funding cuts and cost increases on the education of sixth form students. Of the 1.1 million students that currently participate in 16 to 18 education in the state sector, 60% study at a college and 40% study at a school. The leaders of 271 schools and colleges that educate 282,994

16 to 18-year-old students (26% of the cohort) responded to the survey.

Key findings

  • In total, 51% of schools and colleges have dropped courses in modern foreign languages as a result of funding pressures, with A levels in German, Spanish and French the main casualties
  • Over a third of schools and colleges (38%) have dropped STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) courses
  • More than three quarters of schools and colleges (78%) have reduced or removed student support services or extra-curricular activities – with significant cuts to mental health support, employability skills and careers advice
  • Most schools and colleges (81%) are teaching students in larger class sizes and nearly half (46%) have reduced the delivery hours of individual courses
  • Over two thirds of schools and colleges (69%) have moved from a 4 subject offer as standard to a 3-subject offer
  • Over three quarters (76%) do not believe the amount of funding they will receive next year will be sufficient to provide the support required by disadvantaged students
  • Very few schools and colleges believe the following government initiatives that target funding at individual subjects or qualifications will have a major or very major impact on their institution next year: the advanced maths premium (6%), large programme uplift (4%), T levels (3%)

Read the rest of the report here: https://bit.ly/2TmyvVS

On Tuesday 2 April, MPs gathered in Westminster Hall to debate on further education funding. Nic Darkin MP gave a brilliant speech on why they needed to RaiseTheRate. If you want to see the clip, head over to our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/kedst