Sixth-form colleges' demands for extra money for Curriculum 2000 to be met

24th March 2000 at 00:00
The Further Education Funding Council said this week it would meet sixth-form colleges' demands for extra money for Curriculum 2000 after they dismissed their original funding allocations as "totally inadequate".

FEFC director of finance Geoff Hall paid out the first revised allocation - to Solihull sixth-form college - this week.

He has promised to meet all other demands providing colleges can offer evidence of likely student numbers.

Mr Hall, who has been holding a series of meetings with sixth-form college principals this week, said: "This is a clear government imperative and an entitlement to 16 to 1-year- olds."

The Sixth-Form Colleges Employers Federation had written to Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett, protesting at the assumption that only 50 per cent of students would opt for Curriculum 2000 and the resulting underfunding. Some colleges have been reporting a near 100 per cent take-up rate for the expanded curriculum.

However, worries over funding remain. Kelvin Hopkins, MP for Luton North and a governor of the town's sixth-form college has warned of an exodus of staff unless principals are given new money to meet pay increases

comparable to those for school teachers.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now