ASCL comment on EPI analysis of catch-up plans

18/02/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) about the catch-up plans for the four UK nations. 
 
Commenting on the report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) about the catch-up plans for the four UK nations, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We hope that policy-makers heed this crystal clear warning that more funding needs to be put into catch-up support in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The investment so far announced is simply not enough to meet the scale of the challenge caused by a year of disruption to the education of millions of children.
 
“Schools don’t need policy gimmicks, such as proposals rumoured in the media to be under consideration in England for extended school days and a longer summer term. What schools need is sufficient funding to be able to provide high-quality, targeted support for the pupils who have fallen behind.
 
“Many pupils will have worked well with the excellent remote education provided by their schools, but a significant number will have struggled for a variety of reasons, such as whether parents were available to support them, lack of laptops, and whether they have had a quiet space in which to study.
 
“Schools are very good at identifying learning gaps, and putting in place the extra support that is needed by these pupils, but the government has to back them up with adequate resources.”