ASCL comment on Labour’s ‘back to school report’

01/09/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on Labour’s ‘back to school report’ showing that the UK has outstripped European countries in the length of school closures. 
 
Commenting on Labour’s ‘back to school report’ showing that the UK has outstripped European countries in the length of school closures, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Any government would have struggled with the advent of the global pandemic and the resulting disruption this caused to education. However, this government’s leadership of the education sector during the past 18 months has by any measure fallen short of what was needed.
 
“Its decision making has too often been ponderous, its guidance has lacked clarity, and it has had a tendency to double down on flawed policy decisions before having to perform u-turns.
 
“It has not supported schools and colleges adequately during this period and has left them shouldering far too many responsibilities which are public health rather than education tasks.
 
“In the wake of the pandemic the government must look closely and self-critically at its performance and develop crisis management systems that are more robust and effective in the event of future crises. In particular, it must work in a more collaborative manner with the education sector. After all, we are all in this together.”