May urges Johnson to make FE funding increase happen

Outgoing prime minister commissioned the Augar review of post-18 education and funding, which reported earlier this year

Kate Parker

Theresa May told the House of Commons she wanted to see an increase in funding for FE colleges and sixth forms

Theresa May has urged her successor Boris Johnson to make further education a priority. 

In her last Prime Minister's Questions in post, Ms May said she agreed with recommendations from the Commons Education Select Committee, calling for a raise in the rate of 16-19 funding. 

She said: “I always look at select committee reports with care, but actually I commissioned the Augar review about post-18 funding in education.

“That review has been very clear that more money needs to go into further education and more money into sixth forms. I want to see that happening.”

“I think, just as my government has given a priority to the NHS in looking at funding in the future, the next government should give a priority to education so that we can see that money going into FE and sixth forms and ensuring that for every young person there is an avenue through education and training that suits them, that suits their talents and gives them the best opportunities for their future.”

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Background: What is the post-18 review and what does it mean for FE?

Theresa May launched the review of post-18 education and funding in 2018. The review, led by Philip Augar, reported in May, and called for an increase in FE funding. 

At the launch of the review, the then prime minister said the government would need to "take very seriously the report’s proposals to boost further education spending and put right the errors of the past”. However, Ms May acknowledged it would fall to the next prime minister to decide whether to implement the review’s recommendations.

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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a schools and colleges content producer.

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