ASCL comment on reported resignation of Sir Kevan Collins

02/06/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to reports that Sir Kevan Collins has offered his resignation as Education Recovery Commissioner.
 
Responding to reports that Sir Kevan Collins has offered his resignation as Education Recovery Commissioner, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
We are sad but not surprised that Sir Kevan Collins is reported to be standing down as Education Recovery Commissioner following the government’s announcement of a recovery package which clearly falls a long way short of what he had in mind. 
 
“We know that Sir Kevan had much bolder and broader plans but that these required substantially more investment than the government was willing to provide. He’s tried his hardest on behalf of children and young people, but, in the final analysis, the political will just wasn’t there to support him.
 
“Sir Kevan has huge credibility across the teaching profession and across government. We hope that this episode will focus the mind of ministers on the need to match their recovery rhetoric with action. Certainly, we will not let this matter rest and will continue to press for a more substantial and ambitious recovery package from the government. It is what our children need and deserve
.”