ASCL comment on race and ethnic disparities report

31/03/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the recommendations for education in the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities.
 
Commenting on the recommendations for education in the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We hope that the government takes notice of the fact that this report’s recommendations on education call for additional funding to be made available. We fully agree with targeting extra investment at early years, the transition between primary to secondary school, family hubs and careers provision. We have been saying similar things ourselves for years. This investment is needed both to improve equity and social justice in the education system, and to ensure that all children and young people receive the education to which they are entitled. 

“There is also much merit in the idea of an extended school day as long as this is properly resourced and supported, rather than simply expecting leaders and teachers to work for longer. 

“But the parlous state of education funding as it currently stands makes all these ideas a pipedream without significant extra investment. We are currently part-way through a three-year funding boost for schools which is very welcome but doesn’t repair the damage of the preceding squeeze much less leave capacity for any other expectations
.”