16-to-19 Education Funding — [David Hanson in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:00 pm on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Nicholas Dakin Nicholas Dakin Opposition Whip (Commons) 3:00 pm, 7th September 2017

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I want the Minister to focus on getting good value for the vast majority of students and to address the funding inequality that my hon. Friend highlights so well.

In its offer to the British people this year, the Conservative party promised fair funding for schools, but its current proposals wholly ignore post-16 education. This made complete sense when compulsory education ended at 16, but it is nonsense now that the raising of the participation age means that everyone remains in education and training up to 18. It is not being honest with the electorate, who expect the fair funding promise to cover all sixth formers.