6th Form Colleges – Pay and Funding campaign

The focus for this term in sixth form colleges is on seeking to build alliances with other unions, parents and the public and on organising major rallies to oppose education funding cuts around the country in the run-up to the Government's autumn statement on public spending. To find out what you can do to support the campaign click here.

Strike action on Tuesday March 15 was widely supported, at the national demonstration in London and events elsewhere, after 86% voted YES to take strike action on a high turnout of 44%. To find out what you can do to support the campaign click here. Here are the NUT letter to Nicky Morgan and her reply.

About the 6th form college funding campaign
Cuts to 16-19 funding have been much greater than cuts to school funding. Sixth form colleges are under threat. Teachers in sixth form colleges are facing threats to pay, working conditions and employment. Students in this extremely successful sector are facing threats to their education. You can read more about the issues in this briefing document. Use it and the other materials on this page to raise awareness of the issues with your colleagues, friends and the public and build support for the campaign. It is vital that we put pressure on MPs and Ministers to tackle the post-16 funding crisis. Sixth form alumni from many walks of life and across the political spectrum have expressed their support for 16-19 education.

What the NUT is seeking:

  1. Restoration of 16-19 funding to the levels which existed before the Coalition Government started its cuts programme
  2. Exemption from VAT for colleges – without them having to apply for academy status
  3. Removal of the threat of closure or merger – and recognition of sixth form colleges’ achievements.

What you should do:

  • Ask your MP to sign EDM 1222
  • Sign the petition to save sixth form colleges.
  • Talk to your colleagues. Ask your NUT rep to hold a meeting to discuss the issues with members.
  • If there’s no NUT rep in your college, get together with colleagues to elect one, and let the Union know when you have. You can tell us you’ve been elected at get involved
  • Invite your local MPs into your college – or go to see them with other members.

NUT successfully defends right to strike in sixth form colleges

The Union successfully fought off a High Court challenge to our strike action in sixth form colleges which went ahead as planned on Tuesday 15 March. The Government failed in its cynical attempt to argue that the Union’s action was ‘political’ – by declaring the dispute with the Secretary of State rather than the individual colleges. The Union’s argument was that only the Secretary of State was in a position to reverse and remedy the severe funding crisis in colleges – a crisis of the Government's own making.

We deeply regret that the Government chose to fight the basis of our action rather than to seek to resolve the dispute by agreeing to discuss the deep cuts to the sixth form sector and the consequent threats to courses, jobs and working conditions – and the education of students. We know that members share this frustration and the subsequent action demonstrated the strength of feeling in the sector.

Area Reviews and Academies

These NUT briefings for reps and members provide information on the Government's area reviews and academy status for sixth form colleges. Advice for members attending area review meetings can be found here.