Labour pledge to raise college funding
Labour pledges that if returned to power it will "guarantee the real-terms funding of pupils in school sixth forms if student numbers are maintained and bring up the funding for sixth-form and FE colleges."
The guarantees for schools have been spelled out before. But ministers had shied away from pledges to bring-up colleges levels to meet them.
The party also promised a pound;1.5bn adult and basic skills package over the next three years, with a committent to "reform further education and improve basic skills of 750,000 adults."
Much of the document is a rehash of the 2001-4 spending commitments announced in the July 2000 spending review and policies announced in autumn 2000 and spring 2001.
Labour re-emphasises the commitment to develop "dedicated colleges for under 19s" and "specialist adult provision". And in its programme of excellence for all - with emphasis on the most deprived - it promises summer schools, mentoring support and extra bursaries for young people from the most disadvantaged families to study at university.