Sixth Form Education: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered at on 11 September 2018.

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Photo of Rosena Allin-Khan Rosena Allin-Khan Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of financial support for sixth form students.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education)

The department keeps under review the use of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to inform our understanding of whether this is effectively supporting our most economically disadvantaged students.

A number of other financial support schemes are available to eligible 16 to 19 year olds such as support for free meals in further education, childcare costs if needed and residential support.

Together these are supporting young people to participate in education whatever their financial situation and have contributed to the current record high proportion of 16 to 17 year olds who are participating in education or apprenticeships, the highest since consistent records began.

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