Chancellor commits £800m to support 16 to 19-year-olds catch up on pandemic lost learning

27 Oct 2021

Responding to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak's announcement in the Autumn Budget to provide £800 million for education recovery, Chief Executive of Association of Colleges, David Hughes said: 

"Education recovery for the country’s young people is one of the most pressing matters post- pandemic, so it’s good news to see the Chancellor recognising the need for extra funding. Today’s £800 million for 16 to 19-year-olds will be a lifeline for the students who have the least time left in education. We know that the opportunities for young people have reduced for many who missed out during the pandemic on their learning, training and wider enrichment. This funding will go some way to help colleges offer them a chance to make up for that, building a foundation for their next steps. Colleges will do everything they can to ensure 16 to 19-year-olds impacted by lost learning get the chance to learn, practice and feel confident that they can move into work, higher education or an apprenticeship.”