ASCL responds to IPPR report on support services for vulnerable pupils

09/10/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the IPPR report ‘The New Normal: The future of education after Covid-19’.
 
Commenting on the IPPR report ‘The New Normal: The future of education after Covid-19’, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Schools have had to severely cut their budgets because of government underfunding of the education system, so support services for vulnerable pupils have inevitably reduced over the past decade, alongside many other areas of provision.
 
“In fact, we have repeatedly warned the government of the impact on these services as a result of funding pressures.
 
“Despite these difficult circumstances, schools continue to do their very best for vulnerable young people through classroom and pastoral support, targeting their resources with great care according to the needs of their pupils.
 
“But they desperately need more money for this type of provision as well as the many other expectations that society expects them to fulfil.
 
“The government has committed more money to schools through to 2022/23 which we welcome, but it is important to understand that this is not sufficient to reverse the cuts that have taken place, and that more funding will be needed if we are to repair the holes in our education system.
 
“These financial pressures have been worsened by the fact that schools are currently having to foot the bill for putting in place Covid safety controls without any additional financial support from the government.”