As reported in the Barnsley News and Sport and Barnsley Chronicle on 8th Feb, Stephanie discussed in Parliament recently the funding challenges faced by Barnsley’s colleges.
She was speaking in a parliamentary debate on a recent public petition calling for an increase in college funding signed by over 70,000 across the country, including over 400 in Barnsley.
Since 2010, government funding for 16-19 education institutions, including schools, sixth form colleges and further education colleges, has fallen by 21 per cent in real terms.
Stephanie highlighted the challenges faced by the likes of Barnsley College that have been brought to her attention in meeting local educators, and claimed colleges are also disadvantaged by cuts elsewhere in the education system.
She commented: “Post-secondary education is vital for so many young people here in Barnsley to get on in life, but cuts of over a fifth to colleges under this Tory government have had a damaging impact.
“I’ve been told time and again how already strained colleges are being forced to spend vital resources simply bringing students up to standard in core subjects, as underfunded schools struggle to do so – evidence that these issues are part of a wider funding problem in our education system.
“This debate was an opportunity to voice the concerns of Barnsley’s college educators in Parliament, and I’ll continue to stand up for greater opportunities for young people in Barnsley.”