ASCL comment on Social Mobility Commission ‘State of the Nation’ report

20/07/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of the Social Mobility Commission’s ‘State of the Nation’ report. 
 
Commenting on the publication of the Social Mobility Commission’s ‘State of the Nation’ report, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“Once again we are faced with a grim report into the havoc wrought by the pandemic, this time from the Social Mobility Commission, with predictions of catastrophic repercussions for some of our poorest and most disadvantaged young people.
 
“Experts are lining up to tell the government what is absolutely obvious to everyone – that the education recovery package it has so far announced will not address the deep and lasting damage that the pandemic has inflicted on the most vulnerable communities across the country.
 
“Our schools and colleges have a critical role to play in the process of recovery but need the funding to be able to make a difference for the young people affected.
 
“The government needs to address this crisis with a much more substantial and well-resourced recovery package.”