ASCL comment on IFS education funding report

19/09/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s recent education funding announcements
 
Commenting on a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies on the government’s recent education funding announcements, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“The IFS report provides a sober assessment of the government’s hyped-up announcements over education funding. School and college finances will continue to be under pressure despite the increased level of investment.
 
“The extra money for colleges and sixth forms falls a long way short of raising the funding rate for students to the level recently recommended by the House of Commons Education Committee, while the extra allocation for children with special educational needs is only about half of what is required.
 
“The government expects the additional funding for primary and secondary schools to pay for its proposal to raise the starting salaries of teachers to £30,000 and this will absorb a significant proportion of the planned increase to the schools budget.
 
“It should also be noted that none of these spending commitments start until 2020 and do not alleviate the current crisis in our schools and colleges.”