ASCL calls for £5.76 billion education funding boost

ASCL has called for extra funding for schools, post-16 education, and special educational needs support in England amounting to at least £5.76 billion over the next three years in our submission to the government’s spending review.
This is aimed at addressing the general level of revenue funding needed across a system that is under severe financial pressure as a result of insufficient government investment over the past decade.
In addition, a more substantial education recovery package is needed to support children and young people whose education has been disrupted by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We have reiterated our costed proposal for an additional investment of £5.8 billion over the next three years.
Our submission comes ahead of a joint fringe event between ASCL, the NEU and NAHT at the Conservative Party conference on Sunday where ASCL General Secretary Geoff Barton will be highlighting the essential need for an improved education recovery package and education funding in general.
Mr Barton said: “Despite recent improvements to education funding, the overall situation remains dire with rising secondary class sizes and huge pressures on provision across all phases and types of state-funded schools and colleges.
“The funding system for special educational needs is not only inadequate but a complete mess and there are still no proposals from the government’s SEND review two years after it was announced.
“Meanwhile, the education recovery package falls a long way short of what is needed, particularly for disadvantaged children and young people.
“The government must take a more strategic and sustainable approach to education funding.
“It should treat education not as a cost but as an investment in the future of the country and its young people.”