According to a new report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Nuffield Foundation, the £500 million extra annual funding promised by the government for T levels will be almost exactly offset by cuts to FE.
The report says, “As most of the extra money for T levels is focused on delivering extra teaching hours, it is unlikely to ease the resource challenges for the sector.”
The report also highlights that “funding per student aged 16–18 has seen the biggest squeeze of all stages of education for young people in recent years, much more than funding for schools, preschool or higher education.”
Spending per student in FE and sixth-form colleges is now about 8 per cent lower than spending per pupil in secondary school.
Chief executive of the Nuffield Foundation, Tim Gardam, said: “The authors show that further education has been a big loser from education spending changes over the last 25 years. There have been significant cuts to spending per student since 2010, and further changes are on the horizon in terms of the regional devolution of responsibility for adult education, the tight timescale for the development of the new T levels, and the continued focus on apprenticeships for adult learners.”