ASCL comment on EPI education recovery funding analysis

20/04/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Policy Institute’s analysis showing that a multi-year funding package of £10bn-£15bn is needed for education recovery.
 
Commenting on the Education Policy Institute’s analysis showing that a multi-year funding package of £10bn-£15bn is needed for education recovery, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Before the Treasury throws up its hands in horror at these sums of money, let’s just remember that this would be spread across some 8.2 million pupils over three years. A £15 billion investment works out at about £610 per pupil per year – which is hardly an excessive ask given the scale of disruption caused by the pandemic.
 
“We are very supportive of the work of Sir Kevan Collins as education recovery commissioner and we look forward to seeing his recommendations in due course, but this has to be backed up with significant government funding. This report from the EPI gives the government a pretty good benchmark of what is required.
 
“It also makes the exceptionally good point that a recovery package must encompass early years and post-16 education. This is of vital importance and these sectors simply haven’t had anywhere near enough attention so far despite their obvious importance to the life chances of children and young people.
 
“It also makes the equally good point that the challenge ahead isn’t just about recovery but about addressing the deep and long-standing problem of the gap in educational attainment between disadvantaged children and their peers. This inequality has gone on for far too long, and significant strategic investment in early years, schools, and post-16 education is vital if the Prime Minister is serious about living up to his levelling up rhetoric.”