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Education Minister to visit Colchester

January 23, 2013 12:37 PM
Colchester's Sixth Form College

Colchester's Sixth Form College

Education Minister Mr David Laws MP is to visit Colchester Sixth Form College to discuss funding issues with the Principal, Mr Ian MacNaughton, following an invitation made this afternoon in the House of Commons by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell.
Historically, funding for students attending Sixth Form Colleges such as the one in Colchester is less than that given to students in sixth forms of selective schools such as Colchester Royal Grammar and Colchester County High for Girls, or for 11-18 secondary schools such as Philip Morant which also have a sixth form college. All other pupils in the age group 16 to 19 from the town's secondary schools who wish to go on for a sixth form education go to the Sixth Form College on North Hill.
Sir Bob told the Commons that Colchester Sixth Form College was the most successful in the country, but that the funding given for each student was less than that to students who attended school sixth forms. He said that this was unfair.
Mr Laws recognised the point which had been made by Sir Bob and agreed to visit the Colchester Sixth Form College to be briefed by Mr
David Laws MP

Education Minister, David Laws MP

MacNaughton.
Sir Bob said afterwards that the unfair funding had not been addressed by the last Labour Government although he had pursued this with Ministers. In addition, Sixth Form Colleges are required to pay Value Added Tax on some matters whereas schools are exempt from VAT.

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