ASCL comment on IFS further education funding report

03/11/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the IFS analysis of funding for further education and sixth forms in its annual report on education spending in England.
 
Commenting on the IFS analysis of funding for further education and sixth forms in its annual report on education spending in England, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“The government talks about the importance of further education, but simply doesn’t put its money where its mouth is, as this report starkly shows.
 
“The additional investment of £400 million into the sector this year hardly touches the sides following years of real-terms cuts and the likelihood of rising student numbers.
 
“To make matters worse, colleges and sixth forms are having to foot the substantial bill for implementing and managing Covid safety measures without any reimbursement from the government.
 
“This vital phase of education prepares young people from all backgrounds for university and careers, and yet it is treated by the government in terms of funding as a Cinderella service.
 
“Colleges and sixth forms urgently require a significant uplift in funding that matches the government’s rhetoric.”