ASCL comment on EPI analysis of education recovery funding compared to Eat Out to Help Out scheme

09/06/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) research note which shows that government funding for education recovery for pupils over the whole of the next academic year amounts to only slightly more than the funding that has gone towards the Chancellor’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme. 
 
Commenting on the Education Policy Institute (EPI) research note which shows that government funding for education recovery for pupils over the whole of the next academic year amounts to only slightly more than the funding that has gone towards the Chancellor’s “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“This research suggests the government thinks that children’s education is less important than measures to support the hospitality industry.
 
“It was willing to spend nearly as much on the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme over the course of a single month as it is on education recovery over the course of an entire academic year.
 
“The only possible conclusion is that the government does not attach the same importance to education as it does to other public spending priorities.
 
“It has failed to provide an education recovery package at the scale which is needed and deserved by children and young people, and the inadequate measures it announced last week led to the resignation of the Education Recovery Commissioner in protest.
 
“MPs now have an opportunity to support the nation’s children and young people in an opposition day motion in the House of Commons by backing a far more ambitious plan than the one which has been set out by the government. We urge politicians of all parties to unite and send a message to the government that it must do better.”