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FURTHER EDUCATION AND SIXTH FORM COLLEGES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1171A1: tabled on 24 April 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 16 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr David Chaytor on 23 April 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'to' to end and add 'honour Labour's election pledge, and the personal promise given by the Prime Minister, to increase funding for students at sixth form colleges to the same level as that as that for school sixth forms.'.

Original motion text

That this House congratulates the staff of further education and sixth form colleges on their outstanding service to over four million students; welcomes the increased capital and revenue funding now available to the sector; notes, however, that colleges' core funding remains at 90 per cent. of 1995-96 levels and that the funding gap between schools and sixth form colleges for the same three A-level package remains at ú1,000 per pupil; further notes the current recruitment crisis caused by low pay throughout the sector; welcomes the campaign led by the Association of Colleges, NATFHE and NUS, and supported by all the sector's recognised trade unions including UNISON, TGWU, GMB, ATL and ACM, for increased financial support for further education students, an improvement in the core funding allocated to colleges and a recognition of the recruitment crisis caused by growing salary differentials between schools and colleges; and calls on the Government to provide a fair allocation to the further education sector in the forthcoming comprehensive spending review.