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Sixth-form Education

The Secretary of State Was Asked – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North 12:00 am, 6th February 2017

What comparative assessment she has made of the sixth-form education system in England and education systems in other countries.

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Department of Education) (Apprenticeships and Skills)

Education and training in England are widely respected, but we are determined to make further improvements to make sure that 16 to 19-year-olds are ready for the demands of the workplace. We are reforming academic and technical education for over-16s, and we are learning from the best of international systems.

Photo of Kelvin Hopkins Kelvin Hopkins Labour, Luton North

Why are sixth-formers in England funded to receive only half the tuition time and support provided to sixth-formers in Shanghai, Singapore and other leading education systems?

Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Minister of State (Department of Education) (Apprenticeships and Skills)

I am proud that we have equalised funding between sixth-form colleges and further education colleges, and that we have protected the base rate of spending for FE students and will be spending £7 billion this year on further education. We have funding pressures, as the hon. Gentleman knows, but we are doing everything we can to invest in our skills and education.