ASCL comment on education recovery package

24/02/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the education recovery package announced by the government.
 
Commenting on the education recovery package announced by the government, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“We welcome this funding package and we look forward to seeing the detail in due course. It is vital that schools are able to decide on how they use the recovery premium based on their knowledge of pupils’ needs, and we are pleased to see the recognition that they will be able to spend this additional funding for evidence-based approaches. We are also pleased to see the Education Secretary’s acknowledgement that longer term support will be vital over the length of this parliament to ensure children make up for lost learning.
 
“It is frustrating that the £700 million package has been salami-sliced to such an extent that it may reduce its effectiveness. Our view is that the total sum of the money should go directly to schools, colleges, and early years providers, rather than being diverted into other pots or ring-fenced. By allocating a large sum of money to the National Tutoring Programme and apparently earmarking another large sum of money specifically for summer schools, there is less available to schools and colleges to use for catch-up support in general. The best way of ensuring that catch-up work is well-resourced is surely to maximise the amount of money available to providers to spend on the approaches that work best for their pupils.”