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Post-16 Funding

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Labour, Worcester

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the difference in funding levels between school sixth forms and post-16 provision in further education.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the differences between the funding formulas for colleges and school sixth forms.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills

We have acknowledged that despite significant investment in Further Education and a narrowing of the difference between funding rates, there remains a funding gap between school sixth forms and colleges. We have been clear that continuing progress on narrowing the gap will not be easy and will depend on the resources available. However, we are committed to exploring the scope for addressing the technical anomalies between the school sixth form and further education funding systems and will set out the way forward in the near future.

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