Less cash spent on A-levels

1st September 2000 at 01:00
SCHOOL sixth forms are now losing out in the battle for funding, new figures out this week reveal.

They show that around half the English councils are spending more per pupil on compulsory- age education than on A-level studies or the GNVQ equivalent.

The analysis, produced by the National Association of Head Teachers, contradicts established thinking that the older a pupil gets, the more costly they become.

Statistics obtained by the NAHT fro local authorities disclose the highs and lows of funding for 11-16 and 11-18 schools.

Top of the table for 11-16 funding are Calderdale, which gives an average of pound;565 more per pupil per year than for 11-18 schools, Wolverhampton with an extra pound;488 and Bristol on pound;377. Top of the 11-18 funding are Bedfordshire, pound;735, the Isle of Wight, pound;671, and Northumberland, pound;629.

The funding lottery, News 4, Sixth-form funding row,

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