Local sixth-form funding cut by half a million pounds

Sixth-form education funding for eighty-one children in Haringey is under threat, it has been revealed. Information unearthed by the Liberal Democrats shows that the blunder made by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), which caused a national shortfall in post-16 education funding, will cost local schools £587,547. This is equivalent to funding for eighty-one pupils for the next academic year and is also likely to impact on the number of courses available.

The LSC’s mistake was exposed earlier this month when schools and colleges were told their budgets would be slashed after they had been told in March what their funding would be for the next academic year. Local Liberal Democrats have demanded that Labour MP Ed Balls, minister in charge of further education funding, should come clean whether local schools will have to cut places to cope with the funding shortfall.

Cllr Gail Engert, Liberal Democrat Children, Schools and Families spokesperson, comments:

“This will come as a major shock to our local schools, colleges and, above all, our students.

“A reduction in funding is contrary to the government’s aspiration for more children in further education. Our young people in Haringey will feel that the door to further education has been firmly shut in their faces.

“This will particularly impact our Sixth Form Centre in Tottenham which was built with funds from the Learning and Skills Council.”

Lynne Featherstone MP, added:

“Our local schools are already unfairly funded as they receive up to £1,300 less per pupil than some neighbouring boroughs. This is yet another blow to our schools’ funding, and flies in the face of any promises to give our kids the world’s best education. Our schools need fair funding, and need it now.”