Principal Jim Grant campaigns for student funding ‘fairness’

Cirencester College Principal, Jim Grant, has urged the Government to ‘Raise the Rate’ and increase Further Education funding across Gloucestershire.

Sixth form providers currently receive £4,000 per student, compared with £5400 for secondary pupils and £9000 for university. As a result, they have half the teaching time that international competitors give 16-19 year olds.

Raise the Rate is a national campaign for colleges and sixth forms to receive an additional £760 per year.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Jim stressed the need to create a ‘level playing field’ with those in schools and universities.

“They [16-19 year olds] are the forgotten age group,” explained Principal, Jim Grant. “It’s the lack of fairness that frustrates me more than actual amounts.”

Jim has worked closely with local MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to raise the issue in Parliament.  

In response, MP Clifton-Brown has questioned the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and asked him to address funding for further education.

Boris Johnson recently announced an additional £4.6 million education pledge.

On his recent visit to the College, MP Clifton-Brown spoke to former year 11 pupils taking part in the National Citizenship Service (NCS).

Joseph wants to study A-levels at the College in September. “I applied to the College because they offer exciting trips and enrichment – not just subjects,” said Joseph.    

Meanwhile, Lola was happy to find the College offered A-level Sociology. “I knew I’d made the right choice to apply when I met the teachers on Open Day,” she added.   

“We want to continue offering excellent teaching at the College,” explained Jim Grant. Adding: “securing this additional funding would be a big step towards that.”   

“This would ensure the College could recruit good teachers and preserve crucial subjects like languages. I think this could also be a great opportunity to offer future students greater pastoral support and enrichment,” said Jim.  

Principal Jim Grant has reached out to both MPs and schools across Gloucestershire, Swindon and North Wiltshire and asked them to back the Raise the Rate campaign.  

You can still apply to Cirencester College this September by going to the website: https://www.cirencester.ac.uk/. The College offers a range of A-level and Vocational Programmes, as well as Apprenticeships.

For more information on this story, please contact Izaac.cole@cirencester.ac.uk