Council response to new post-16 education policy announcements

21 January 2021

The Government has today published a number of policy decisions relating to post-16 education in England. The Council will consider the implications of the proposed changes to further education for our members and healthcare subjects.

Responding to proposed changes to teaching grant funding in 2021/22, Dr Katerina Kolyva, Executive Director of the Council, said:

“The Council warmly welcomes acknowledgement of the strategic importance and high-cost nature of healthcare subjects. Sustained investment in nursing, midwifery and allied health education is essential to support workforce growth. Universities will not be uniformly affected by the funding changes proposed, particularly because of the removal of London weighting and the significant reduction of funding for high-cost subjects not deemed to be strategically important. These changes will certainly affect some of our members’ wider institutions”.

The Council will respond to the Spring consultation on further reforms to higher education to help shape the Government’s final response to the Augar Review.

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