Under this Government, our sixth forms and colleges have been grossly underfunded. Yet the Department for Education still slashed £132m from last year’s 16 to 19-year old education budget to spend on other areas.

Our schools and colleges in Stockton South do an excellent job but we cannot expect them to continue delivering without the Government giving them the resources they need to educate and support our young people.

The funding that schools and colleges receive to educate 16 to 19-year olds covers little more than the cost of delivering three A Level or equivalent qualifications. As a result, the wider support offer to students has been greatly diminished in recent years.