Barking and Dagenham College

Do London’s further education sums add up?

05 November 2019

Participation in full-time Further Education (FE) has more than doubled since the 1980s [1].  In London, 91 per cent of students remain in education having completed their secondary education, compared to the national figure of 85 per cent.  

  • How are different providers experiencing and responding to funding challenges?
  • To what extent, if any, have cuts affected the quality of provision to young people?
  • What can be done to improve 16-19 education in London, given that demand will continue to rise? 
  • What has been the effect on 16-19 provision for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) students?

The London Assembly Education Panel will tomorrow discuss the effects of changes to FE funding in London.

The guests are:

  • James Kewin, Deputy Chief Executive, Sixth Form Colleges Association 
  • Phil Rossiter, Technical Director, Mime
  • Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges
  • Kevin Gilmartin, Post-16 and Colleges Specialist, Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL)
  • Leigh Powell, National Officer for Further Education, UNISON

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 6 November at 2.00pm in The Chamber (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend

The meeting can also be viewed LIVE via webcast or YouTube    

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyEdu and #FurtherEdu

Notes to editors

  1. House of Commons Education Committee, A ten-year plan for school and college funding, July 2019
  2. Agenda papers
  3. Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the Education Panel, is available for interviews. Please see contact details below.
  4. Education Panel
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Lisa Lam on 020 7084 2713.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.

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