ASCL comment on government announcement on minimum funding levels for schools

30/01/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the government announcement on minimum funding levels for schools
 
Commenting on the government announcement on minimum funding levels for schools, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“It is great that minimum funding levels are being enshrined in legislation, but this is to do with a historic inequity in the way that school funding is distributed and not the fact that there is not enough money going into the system in the first place.

“Despite the promises that the government will reverse the cuts, the fact is that the money allocated to education over the next three years will not achieve this objective, particularly as the government expects this pot of money to also fund its proposal to increase the starting pay of teachers to £30,000.

“The reality is that the financial situation for schools and colleges will continue to be extremely challenging and the funding crisis is not over.”