On Wednesday 6 September, Sir David showed his support for sixth formers in Southend West. He was highlighting the relative lack of funding available to students over 16 compared to those aged between 11 and 15. The event was organised by the Association of Colleges - a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents and promotes the interests of colleges nationwide.
This funding shortfall has had a significant impact on young people who receive around 15 hours of teaching and support each week. When compared with student in Canada (26 hours) or Shanghai (30 hours), it appears that UK students are clearly disadvantaged.
The MP for Southend West highlighted the importance of a good education to forging a successful career:
“I know how important education and training is in my constituency. We have to make sure that young people are provided with the support and guidance they need to succeed in their chosen career.”