National Education Union members working in Brighton & Hove’s two sixth form colleges will be taking a day of strike action on Wednesday 20 November to demand more funding for their students and their colleges.
There is currently an overall shortfall of £700 million in funding for Post 16 Education.
Teaching staff numbers have fallen significantly and support staff posts have been lost because of the unsustainable real-terms cuts since 2010 while, at the same time, student numbers have risen. This is putting the very future of Sixth Form Colleges under serious threat. If the crisis continues to go unaddressed, it is students’ education that will continue to suffer. It will be not only present students whose education is under threat but also those future students who are today still in schools.
NEU members will be taking action to secure the funding needed to reverse job losses, class size increases, and cuts to teaching time and curriculum provision. They also want fair pay and to sustain their conditions of employment. They insist that they should be paid the same as their colleagues working in schools.
Teachers from the two colleges will be running an information stall at the Clock Tower between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to explain further and to seek support via a petition.