ASCL comment on Lib Dem school funding plans

19/11/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the school funding plans announced by the Liberal Democrats
 
Commenting on the school funding plans announced by the Liberal Democrats, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“This is a significant funding pledge by the Liberal Democrats which we are pleased to see. It also involves a number of big spending commitments on teacher pay and continuing professional development which have great merit but would absorb a sizeable chunk of the extra money. We would therefore need to understand the figures in more detail to be able to assess exactly how it impacts on schools.

“As far as we can see, this announcement applies to schools rather than colleges and sixth forms. It may well be that the Liberal Democrats address this issue elsewhere in their manifesto, but it is critical that 16-19 education receives more investment as a matter of urgency because it is extremely poorly funded.

“Overall, however, this is a welcome announcement by the Liberal Democrats and will be well-received by schools after years of severe funding pressures.”