This is the page for Post-16 Education in Brighton and Hove
About the Campaign http://fefunding.org.uk/background/
DEFEND POST 16 EDUCATION
SUPPORT TEACHERS AT SUSSEX DOWNS COLLEGE
Colleges provide sixth form study and further education to thousands of young people – and especially young people who have left school, want to take minority or specialist subjects – perhaps to study at university – or train for employment. Yet central government is making cuts of 24% in the funding of colleges and these cuts come on top of the removal of the Education Maintenance Allowance and increases in tuition fees for many young people, adults and university students. Education cuts are short sighted, damage the prospects of economic recovery and, worst of all, remove essential opportunities for education from young people and adults. Now Sussex Downs College – the college that took over Park Sixth Form College in Eastbourne some years ago and is now the only college in Lewes and Eastbourne – wants to make huge cuts to its sixth form courses. This will mean that young people in Eastbourne, in particular, will be denied access to a sixth form college education that is available in other parts of Sussex. The College has written to many students, weeks before the summer and long after they have chosen to their courses, telling them courses will not be running. The College will no longer deliver Foreign Language courses, Film, or PE at A-Level to young people in Eastbourne despite the College being responsible for nearly all state funded A-Level classes in the town.
And on top of the withdrawal of courses, the College is cutting the number of teaching hours that A-Level students will receive as well as vital student support services and is closing a library. These cuts will discriminate against students who do not have access to their own books and who need additional support. The cuts will also mean experienced and dedicated teachers are losing their jobs. College teachers and the NUT are calling on management to halt these cuts. Young People in Eastbourne deserve better than this.
Please send a message to Sussex Downs Management and the Government or sign the petition here
To defend post 16 education, teachers in the NUT at the College are holding a series of strikes that could last well into the Autumn term if management will put young people and their education before cuts. For more information please contact Secretary@Lewes-Eastbourne-and-Wealden.nut.org.uk
Help us call upon the government not to implement these cuts and to instead invest properly in lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Monday 8th June at 7pm
What’s going on in post-16 education & training?
Post-16 Education Question Time
Sports Café BHASVIC
There’s much going on in sixth form college, further and adult education that worries students, lecturers, policy shapers and others including concerns over the narrowing of syllabi for A levels and the cut of 24% in the adult education budget; concerns over the inadequacy of funding to support college students with additional needs and the emphasis on apprenticeships as the only alternative for young people who don’t want to go to university; the limiting of access to ESOL provision and the application of VAT as a ‘tax’ on sixth form colleges. And then there’s Ofsted, the debate over the balance of examinations or continuous assessment and the introduction of student ‘loans’ for much further education.
Come and ask questions of our panel, discuss these issues and more with:
- Eddie Playfair – Chair of Sixth Form Colleges Association & Principal of Newham Sixth Form College;
- Professor Ken Spours – Co-Director of the Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation at the Institute of Education & contributor to a number of reports on post 16 education and training;
- Joy Mercer – former Director of Education Policy at the Association of Colleges;
- Mandy Brown – UCU NEC & Action for ESOL;
- Nigel Fox – NUT Regional Representative for Sixth Form Colleges;
- Chair: Dr Nadia Edmond – Campaign for Education & UCU University of Brighton.
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