ASCL Cymru comment on school funding report

15/10/2020
Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, comments on the independent report into school spending in Wales.
 
Commenting on the independent report into school spending in Wales, Eithne Hughes, Director of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Cymru, said:
 
“We look forward to reading in full the independent report, but from the headline findings it is immediately apparent that the school funding system in Wales is in urgent need of an overhaul.
 
“The amount of money that comes into Wales from the UK government for education is not adequate, but the way that this money is then distributed within Wales is not up to scratch either.
 
“It is a double whammy which leaves our schools critically short of the funding they need.
 
“This independent report finds wildly different levels of funding per pupil between local authorities and we totally agree with its recommendation for a consistent and transparent funding system.
 
“We understand that there will be different spending pressures in different local areas but we will never get to the bottom of how best to use funding unless we have more clarity about why there are such huge variations in spending.
 
“We are concerned that too much money doesn’t reach schools because it is spent by local authorities and regional consortia on bureaucratic oversight which sometimes seems to duplicate functions.
 
“At a time when money is so scarce, and there are so many pressures, we have to ensure that as much funding as possible gets to the frontline where it is most needed.”