Fair Funding for Colleges

Campaign update

We are really pleased that DfE has taken on board one of our campaign’s key asks and is now carrying out research into the real costs of delivering a high-quality offer to 16 to 18-year-olds. It means that we have pushed this up the priority list for DfE and that they will be able to use evidence in their negotiations and bids to Treasury for the Budget in the autumn and for the spending review in 2019.

We are supporting the DfE work and adding to it with our own research while continuing to push for increases before then. There will be a set of government asks and campaigning in the early autumn in the run-up to the November Budget. Your support for that, along with your students, MPs and employers will be vital if we are to make an impact. A toolkit to support activity will be uploaded here in due course.

Response to Education Committee Inquiry on school and college funding

AoC have submitted evidence to the Education Committee's Inquiry examining what the Department for Education’s priorities should be for the next Spending Review period.

A Spring Statement on College Finances (March 2018)

AoC have produced a short spring statement summarising key financial issues for colleges.

Survey highlights damaging impact of funding cuts on sixth formers

Funding cuts and cost increases are damaging the education of sixth form students in schools and colleges according to the results of a survey published in November which gathers data from institutions educating more than a third of a million young people. The survey is here

  • The survey indicates that 50% of schools and colleges have dropped courses in modern foreign languages as a result of funding pressures, with A levels in German, French and Spanish the main casualties. Over a third have dropped STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) courses.
  • Two thirds of schools and colleges (67%) have reduced student support services or extra-curricular activities – with significant cuts to mental health support, employability skills and careers advice.
  • More than three quarters of schools and colleges (77%) are teaching students in larger class sizes and half (50%) have reduced the delivery hours of individual courses. Two thirds of schools and colleges (66%) have moved from a 4 subject offer as standard to a 3 subject offer.
  • Almost three quarters (72%) do not believe the amount of funding they will receive next year will be sufficient to provide the support required by students that are educationally or economically disadvantaged

Bedford College principal, Ian Pryce, explains the funding issue in a 2 minute song

Inspired by Dolly Parton, here's the song and a news article


If you have any questions on this campaign please contact:

Elizabeth Wenzerul, Head of External Partnerships and Relationships, 020 7034 9974.