ColegauCymru has welcomed today’s Welsh Government announcement that they will provide £33 million to support learners in colleges and sixth forms across Wales. The additional finance is part of the £150 million committed to the education response to COVID-19.
The funding will be split between post-16 education providers, with £24.25 million for further education colleges and £8.75 million for school sixth forms.
The funding will support additional teaching time, both in the classroom environment and one-to-one support, that can be tailored to the needs of individual full-time 16-19 learners who are beginning their vocational courses, AS and A levels at FE college or sixth form.
Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, recognised the disruption to learners who entered post-16 education this year, highlighting the excellent transition into blended learning but noting the vital importance of face-to-face learning in a class or lecture room with a teaching professional. The Minister also emphasised the impact of the pandemic on learners from the most disadvantaged backgrounds and the need to support learners to re-engage with learning.
Iestyn Davies, Chief Executive of ColegauCymru said:
“Welsh Government assistance has been key to supporting learners in colleges and schools. This significant and much needed funding will help colleges and school sixth forms offer tailored support to young people as they enter post-compulsory education.
“COVID 19 has undoubtedly impacted learners as they transition from compulsory schooling and onwards to the next stage of their education journey. However, the government’s commitment to both their learning and wellbeing means they will receive the support they need to take their next steps. It is testament to the Minister and the administration’s commitment to provide the support that is required.”
Welsh Government Press Release
Major funding boost to support personalised learner support
10 June 2021