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Teachers Vote to Strike over 16-19 Funding Shortfall

Magazine article Public Finance

Teachers Vote to Strike over 16-19 Funding Shortfall

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Teachers are threatening strike action over cuts in sixth-form funding while schools and colleges are hoping the Budget will give them more cash for educating 16 to 19-year-olds.

At the National Union of Teachers conference in Cardiff on April 14, delegates passed an emergency motion for collective action, up to and including strikes. The union claims the cuts could leave many youngsters without places on ?-level and new diploma courses from September.

But the Association of Colleges and the Association of School and College Leaders are advising their members to hold fire until after the Budget on April 22 to see if the government finds a way to plug the gap.

Earlier this month, schools minister Jim Knight said cross-departmental discussions were continuing over ways to support the higher-than-expected number of iearners enrolling on courses. A further announcement would be made in late April.

Martin Doel, chief executive of the AoC, said the increase in students should have been anticipated during a recession. …

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