ASCL comment on extra support for schools

07/04/2020
Julia Harnden, Funding Specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the extra support for schools announced by the government.
 
 
Commenting on the extra support for schools announced by the government, Julia Harnden, funding specialist at the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

This extra funding for schools is much-needed and very welcome at a time when they are incurring additional costs as a result of the coronavirus emergency. Schools obviously run on very tight budgets so it will give them reassurance that they will be able to recover the extra expenditure necessitated by this health crisis.

However, the package that is announced today does not cover the loss of income which many schools earn from activities such as hiring out facilities. This can be quite a significant element of their finances. We are concerned about the impact this will have on budgets and we are continuing to discuss with the government how this might be addressed.”