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Council caution on Year 12 cash

EDUCATION authorities have been warned that they must not spend the extra pound;35 million that has been set aside for sixth-form reforms on anything else.

The Department for Education and Employment has written to every authority telling them to pass the money to schools with sixth forms.

The cash - estimated to be worth pound;350 for each Year 12 pupil from September - is intended to help schools broaden sixth-form studies and introduce new modula A-levels.

However, some schools complained that their council had told them they could not afford to pass on the money.

John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, said: "I have received worrying reports that some authorities are not identifying their share of the pound;35m and are not therefore increasing the funding of post 16 students to enable schools to introduce the reforms and broaden the curriculum."

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