Funding crisis hits sixth form offerings

Date: 06.03.2019

In January 2019, the Sixth Form Colleges Association conducted an online survey of state schools and 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.

  • 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
  • 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.

However, it's not clear how much of this is also influenced by schools gradually giving up AS-levels: a 60% reduction since last year.

 

SFCA report