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News - 1 May 2014

Sixth formers' hampered by funding gap

Research from the Independent Schools Council annual census shows that if the government want more state pupils in selective universities it will have to increase funding to state sixth forms and FE colleges.

The report shows a figure of £14,475 for the average annual fee for private sixth forms, not including any boarding charges, in contrast with the average spending on state educated 16- to 18-year-olds £4,500.

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“The researchers also looked at figures comparing the proportion of pupils from state and private schools progressing to the most selective, top third of universities. It showed that in 2011, 24% of state school pupils went on to these most selective universities, compared with 64% of private school pupils.”

The research also shows that funding in the state sector is lower than for younger pupils, with sixth formers attracting almost £1,000 less than 11- to 15-year-olds, while in the private sector fees for sixth formers are higher than for younger pupils.

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

ABDS Chartered Certified Accountants of Southampton.
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