The Conservative Government has implemented huge sustained cuts to further education funding, which has had significant implications for Salford City College: Pupil numbers to be slashed by over 50% Teaching hours to be halved Campus land and buildings to be sold off And further funding cuts are already on the cards Children from Walkden and Little Hulton will be expected to travel as far as Salford Quays to access courses.
Once again our young people are being hit by this Government. We have a growing population and should be investing in education, not making cuts. Please join our campaign to save further education in Walkden. Labour councillors in Walkden and Little Hulton are launching a campaign against government cuts to further education, the focus of which will be to save Walkden Sixth Form Centre. You can support our campaign by:
Signing and promoting our petition: www.petitions24.com/stop_the_cuts_at_walkden_sixth_form_centre
Attend one of the consultation events taking place at college sites this week by registering at www.salfordcc.ac.uk/events/849 It is important that we have a big turnout at these. Up until now further education has largely been spared from cuts but it is now facing significant and sustained reductions in funding. Many colleges are suffering - see this recent report from the BBC www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-33595027
In response, Salford City College has launched its Business Transformation Plan. The key headlines are:
- Without change the college expects a deficit of £1m in each of the next five years.
- Walkden campus to face the brunt of the cuts. Plans include the disposal of land and buildings to raise cash - other options considered were to close the Walkden centre completely.
- Establish curriculum centres for excellence. This will mean pupil capacity at Walken will be cut by 53% with teaching transferred elsewhere within the city.
- Pupils in Walkden and Little Hulton having to travel as far as Salford Quays to access courses.
- Significant cuts to teaching hours with a major push to online learning.
- 57 jobs cut and the loss of all student counselling. More cuts to further education are already planned.
The Government has just launched its review of post-16 education and training institutions with the stated ambition "...we need to move towards fewer, larger, more resilient and efficient colleges."
In other words, expect more cuts. SCC are already planning for this and have noted in their plans, that Walkden is "remote... This may allow for further reductions in Walkden space in the future". Richard will be out leafleting Walkden South on Monday evening to make people aware of this and will continue with the leaflet campaign throughout the week.
If anyone can spare a few minutes to help out then we'd be very grateful. Richard's number is 07967 394 072.