ASCL comment on HMCI school funding blog

19/02/2020
Stephen Rollett, Curriculum and Inspection Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, responds to comments made by Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman.
 
Responding to comments made by Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman, Stephen Rollett, curriculum and inspection specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, said: 

We welcome the chief inspector’s acknowledgement of the damage done by the school funding crisis, but we are disappointed that she accuses schools of failing to do enough to monitor the impact of the cuts they have had to make

Let’s be clear that the blame lies with the government which has caused the crisis by failing to fund schools properly and leaving them with no alternative other than to make cuts. 

Schools spend most of their budget on staffing so they don’t have any option other than to reduce courses and extra-curricular provision if they have to make cuts. It is the last thing they want to do but they have been left with impossible choices, and no amount of monitoring makes that situation any better. 

The government has now pledged more money for schools, which is a welcome move, but it is not enough to reverse the cuts.