£4.2 million for post-16 education

By on 26/07/2012 in Cabinet, Cllr Jones, News

Birmingham City Council has welcomed the announcement that five of the city’s schools and colleges will share £4.2 million to enhance post16 education.

The demographic growth capital fund is aimed at helping vulnerable young people aged 16-25 who have learning difficulties or disabilities and who would struggle to find training or employment if they left education at 16. It addresses the need for additional places due to population growth and increased number of learners aged 16-19.

The application process was led by the city council in conjunction with the applicants and the funding announcement was made by the Education Funding Agency.

In response to the announcement Brigid Jones, cabinet member for children and family services at Birmingham City Council, said: “This represents much-needed investment for extending services to vulnerable young people who may otherwise have limited opportunities to remain in education.”

The successful bidders and schemes are:

• Wilson Stuart School - additional classroom and outdoor learning spaces for increasing number of students aged 16-25 with complex learning difficulties
• Victoria Specialist Arts School - a Special school that already serves people with complex needs and will make much-needed adaptations to post-16 spaces
• South Birmingham College - in the process of merging with City College and will provide additional places to meet demand for young people at risk of disengagement
• Queen Alexandra College - will buy and renovate a retail property to accommodate an existing cycle business and a community café, both run as social enterprises and offering vocational opportunities
• Holyhead School - will replace and extend temporary buildings with a purpose-built facility that will increase provision for learners with special needs

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