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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 makes a good point. The reality is that the squeeze on funding for education for 16 to 19-year-olds puts pressure on special needs support not only in colleges but in school sixth forms. This issue covers sixth formers wherever they end up in the system.

Recent research from the Institute of Education describes sixth form education in England as “uniquely narrow and short” compared with the high-performing education systems elsewhere in the world in places such as Shanghai, Singapore and Canada. Our sixth formers are now funded to receive only half the tuition time of sixth formers in other leading economies. As my hon. Friend Thelma Walker pointed out, as little as 15 to 17 hours of weekly tuition and support has become the norm for students in England, compared with 30-plus hours in Shanghai. Students in other leading education systems receive more tuition time, study more subjects and in some cases benefit from a three-year programme of study rather than two.