James Kewin, deputy executive director of the Sixth Form Colleges Association, said the growing popularity of sixth forms and colleges, coupled with better grades, means many institutions are already at or near capacity.
He said: ‘Despite the government’s commitment that no student will be left behind by Covid, the Education Department has only set aside £ 100million to provide remedial support for the 1, 1 million sixth-year students in England.
“This is woefully insufficient and will do little to help students, especially disadvantaged students, who need extra support to catch up with their education lag caused by Covid. “
Geoff Barton, Secretary General of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Our biggest concern is that the government funding rate for 16 and 17 year olds is so woefully under that it is extremely difficult for institutions. to cope with everything increase in numbers.
“The government will have to be prepared to provide additional support. ”