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Gordon calls for greater funding for Blackpool students aged 16 to 19

Gordon_backing_the_16-19_funding_campaign_at_Westminster.jpgGordon is supporting a Westminster Hall debate calling for greater funding for students at colleges aged 16 to 19.

The debate is being led by Gordon’s Labour colleague Nic Dakin MP and being backed by the Association of Colleges (AOC), which represents around 95% of all colleges in England. Research by the AOC found that when a young person reached the age of 16, funding dropped by around 25%.

Gordon said: “I know how important education and training is to young people in Blackpool. We have to make sure that young people at Blackpool Sixth Form and Blackpool and Fylde College are provided with the support and guidance they need to succeed in their chosen career. There has been progress made in this area but there is still more we can do.

“To ensure that the education and training 16 to 19 year olds receive is high quality, the right investment is needed. At the moment, schools and college receive on average £4,531 per 16 to 18 year old student. This is compared to £5,751 for 11 to 16 students and £8,781 in the higher education sector.

“The consequences of this funding has had a significant impact on young people who receive on around 15 hours of teaching and support each week. When compared with students in Canada (26 hours) or Shanghai (30 hours), our students are being short changed.”

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