max temp: 12°C

min temp: 3°C


Suffolk schools will be hit hard by plans to cut funding for 18-year-olds- MP

14:44 29 January 2014

Local MP Peter Aldous meets the youngsters at Beccles Free School.

Local MP Peter Aldous meets the youngsters at Beccles Free School.

©Archant 2014

Suffolk’s underachieving education system will be hit hard by plans to slash funding for students who are 18 at the start of the school year, Lowestoft’s MP has said.


Peter Aldous said students in the town often had to resit GSCEs, or were following vocational courses, meaning the towns two colleges would be disproportionately hit by plans to cut 17.5pc per full-time student aged 18 in September.

Funding per student would be reduced from £4,000 to £3,300, and Mr Aldous said in the Westminster Hall debate that the government had failed to highlight the fact that the impact of the policy was concentrated in specific locations, where it will hit certain—often vulnerable—communities hard.

He said: “Schools in Suffolk are not currently doing as well as they should be. Lowestoft college and Lowestoft sixth-form college are doing important work to address the situation, which often involves students staying on in education or training for an extra year.

“A high proportion of the students who have become disengaged while at school either need to resit GCSEs or are following a vocational course.”

He told MPs that at Lowestoft College 25pc of the 16 to 18-year-old students are aged 18 at the start of each academic year, because many pursue a variety of different paths that may include, for instance, a year at level two followed by two years at level three.

All post-16 mainstream education in Lowestoft is provided in the two colleges and there are no other schools or colleges where students can take A-levels.

“Lowestoft college and Lowestoft sixth-form college are relatively small. Although they are performing extremely well in challenging circumstances, they are not as well placed as larger establishments to withstand the impact of such income reductions,” he said.

He also said that in Lowestoft there is a higher than average percentage of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds living in deprived areas.

“There is a real worry that disadvantaged students will be hit the hardest as they are the ones who take longer to finish courses. That could have a negative knock-on effect on the number of NEETs.”



  • Only today, Cameron was spouting at the dispatch box about the 'so called recovery' being for the next generation !, in the next breath he could NOT deny that the top rate of income tax would not be reduced to 40% ?, the gap between the rich and the poor is just getting wider and wider !

    Report this comment


    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Still seem strange that the A-C results for Lowestoft Sixth Form College have not been produced for 2013 - but all other schools have published theirs - have they something to hide - they published A-E Grades - which were unsurprisingly up in the 90% region!

    Report this comment


    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Kieron Dyer on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. Photo:  ITV/PA Wire

It was a rather uneventful night for former Ipswich Town player Kieron Dyer in the I’m A Celebrity... jungle last night

The Buttermarket Centre will become a £35m pleasure palace

Excitement is building as Ipswich prepares to welcome a string of big-name restaurants as part of the Buttermarket makeover.

It's been a busy day in Ipswich

All the news from a busy day in Ipswich in video form, including the closure of Marks and Spencer, station revamp and sport.

Felixstowe Beach Station not long before demolition in 2004.

Investigations are under way following clearance work at the former site of a historic railway station.

How well do you know your cars?

Test your knowledge in our car photo quiz and see if you can identify which car is which from just one small feature.

Company director spared jail

A Suffolk company director who crushed a worker to death was spared jail by a judge at Norwich Crown Court today.

The fire service cordons off an area near Marks and Spencer in Westgate Street where UK Power Networks works to find a  carbon monoxide leak

Marks & Spencer in Ipswich town centre was closed for most of the day after a carbon monoxide leak was detected.

Stores in Ipswich ready for Black Friday.

Black Friday is nearly upon us and it is set to kick off the busiest Christmas online shopping periods.

Two cars have been involved in a crash in Ipswich.

Foundation Street, Ipswich, around a century ago. Little remains of the ancient buildings in this street. This photograph was taken from near the junction of Lower Brook Street.

Foundation Street is one of the oldest streets in Ipswich, connecting the port with the town centre. Buildings which had stood for centuries were demolished in the early 1960s in what was then seen as “improvements”.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24