ASCL comment on leaked report of education recovery plan

01/06/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the report in The Times of a leaked presentation of the post-Covid education recovery plan.
 
Commenting on the report in The Times of a leaked presentation of the post-Covid education recovery plan, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“It sounds as if there will be much to welcome in the education recovery plan – the scale of the ambition for all young people, the general sense of trusting leaders to know how best to deploy additional resources in their own contexts.
 
“But the devil will be in the detail of any extended day proposals: we know that quality of teaching is more important than quantity. It will be vital that these proposals are properly resourced and don’t become an unsustainable burden on schools, leaders and teachers. And there will be many questions about exactly what the expectation will be over the content of longer school days.
 
“There will be alarm bells in particular over the suggestion that Ofsted will play an expanded role in monitoring schools. It is hard to see how more inspections would be helpful for schools that are already under the cosh of an accountability system that is extremely harsh.
 
“However, what is most concerning is reports that the Treasury is thought to be offering only one tenth of the money that is said to be needed for the recovery package. Frankly, if that is the case, then the plan is likely to fall at the first hurdle. It is hard to see how £1.5 billion spread over three years could possibly deliver the proposals that have been outlined.”