Aspiration tax for the many, jackpot for the few

Eddie Playfair

Now that colleges have received their funding allocations for next year, we know the full extent of the “aspiration tax” on 18 year olds. At Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc), 472 of our students are over 18 and they will each lose the college about £635 of funding for the 2014/15 academic year amounting to a total cut of around £300,000. This has been “mitigated” by limiting the cut to 2% of the total college budget, leaving a further £119,000 to be cut in the following year, another £252 more per student. This makes NewVIc the hardest hit sixth form college in the country.

I have already written here about how harsh this particular cut is, as it targets those very students who have worked the hardest to progress. They often start from quite low achievement at school or face particular barriers beyond their control. We have shown here that these 3-year…

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