After-school activities plan is 'highly divisive'

16 March 2016

Chancellor George Osborne is today expected to announce funding for after-school activities in 25 per cent of secondaries.

Malcolm Trobe, Interim General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “While we welcome any additional funding for schools, the reality is that the Government has already made savings by requiring schools to pay increased employer National Insurance and pension contributions from existing budgets. This is a significant real-terms cut. The ‘additional’ funding is a classic case of the large print giveth while the small print taketh away.

“It is highly divisive that the funding will only be available to 25 per cent of secondary schools as this will potentially disadvantage children at the three quarters of schools which miss out. Many schools already provide after-school activities so we also need to understand how this new provision will be differentiated from the existing provision and what will be expected of schools.”