Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Chancellor’s spending round announcement
Commenting on the Chancellor’s spending round announcement, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
“The investment promised by the government is significant and it will be welcomed by schools and colleges after the damage done by years of austerity. But it should be noted that even with this additional funding there will still be a shortfall.
“Analysis by the Education Policy Institute shows some schools are unlikely to see a full reversal of cuts, additional funding for pupils with high needs is short of what is required, and the spending plans only repair a quarter of the cuts experienced in 16-19 education since 2011.1 In addition, the extra funding will provide no immediate relief to schools and colleges because it will not be introduced until 2020/21. And the spending plans for 16-19 education cover only one year and will therefore mean continued uncertainty for colleges and sixth forms.
“The extra funding is a major step forward and a vindication of the campaign which has got us to this point, but the job is not done on education funding. We will continue to talk constructively with the government about the settlement with the aim of ensuring that every school and college is properly resourced.”
1 The government’s one-year spending round: looking beyond the big numbers. Education Policy Institute. 3 September 2019.