ASCL comment on Budget 2021  

03/03/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on today’s Budget announcement.
 
Commenting on today’s Budget announcement, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
It is disappointing that in a Budget focused on national recovery after the Covid pandemic so little mention has been made of the role of education. We believe that education is a vital part of the national recovery and that the Chancellor should have used this Budget to set out the government’s spending plan for catch-up support over the remainder of this parliament. We also hoped to see a commitment to give more financial support to schools and colleges for the significant additional costs incurred because of the pandemic. Instead, education was scarcely mentioned despite the government’s insistence that it is a national priority. This Budget was a missed opportunity to back up warm words with a concrete spending plan.