Capital funding announced for 6th Form Colleges
19 Jan 2011
The government has announced a £90 million package of capital funding for 6th Form Colleges in England to allow them to expand to meed additional demand and to improve their existing buildings.
- £57.4 million for priority building condition needs of the sixth-form college estate
- £30 million for basic need funding for 16-19 student places to help sixth -form colleges, schools and academies meet the demands of demographic changes
- making all sixth-form colleges eligible for Devolved Formula Capital for the first time – funding for maintenance will be given directly to the institution. This means the average sixth-form college will receive an additional £40,000.
The ATL union has welcomed the announcement but a spokesman said it is "important that the funding for additional places for 16-19 year olds is distributed equitably between 6th Form Colleges, schools and academies with 6th forms".