Commenting on the announcement of £400 million in additional funding for further education and sixth form colleges, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“Whilst this £400m is welcome and long overdue, it goes nowhere near to closing the £1.1bn gap that has opened up in 16-19 education funding since 2010.

“The Education Select Committee has said that across 16–19 education funding per student fell by a full 16% in real terms between 2010–11 and 2018–19, twice as much as the 8% school funding fall over a similar period

“We need to see a long-term plan of increases, but unlike with schools Government has confirmed only one year. We also need confirmation that the Treasury will provide support for extra pension payments as it is doing for schools.”