ASCL comment on Public Accounts Committee report into school funding

22/10/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Public Accounts Committee report into school funding, which says deprived local areas and schools have been hit hardest by Department for Education funding policies.
 
Commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report into school funding, which says deprived local areas and schools have been hit hardest by Department for Education funding policies, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

This report lays bare the reality behind the government’s ‘levelling-up’ rhetoric. The introduction of a national funding formula is the right approach, but the way in which the formula is being implemented means that those schools with the most need of more money – those serving our most deprived communities – have lost out. And we know, of course, that the children and young people in these schools have also suffered disproportionately from the impact of the pandemic. 

“The continuing delays to the government’s much-vaunted SEND Review are unacceptable. We have now been waiting for two years for its publication and almost 18 months have gone by since the Public Accounts Committee’s damning findings that SEND pupils were being failed by the system. The government’s apparent lack of concern and priority for our most vulnerable young people is, frankly, nothing short of scandalous. 

“A government which is serious about improving the life chances of disadvantaged children and young people would be well advised to take note of the recommendations in this report. A good start would be a meaningful commitment of funding for education recovery at next week’s Spending Review.