ASCL responds to NFER report on school funding and Covid costs

03/12/2020
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the National Foundation for Educational Research report ‘The implications of Covid-19 on the school funding landscape’.
 
Commenting on the National Foundation for Educational Research report ‘The implications of Covid-19 on the school funding landscape’, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“The fact that deprived schools are under the greatest financial pressure as a result of the Covid pandemic is a damning indictment of the government’s failure to provide the support that is so desperately needed.
 
“Its recent announcement of a Covid workforce fund to support the cost of covering teacher absence is very limited and comes with far too many caveats.
 
“Schools and colleges are incurring huge costs in managing Covid safety measures as well as paying for supply cover and they need these costs to be fully reimbursed.
 
“Their budgets were already extremely tight before the pandemic and they simply cannot sustain this additional pressure.
 
“The inevitable outcome will be that schools and colleges will have to make further cuts which will affect provision for their pupils unless the government gets a grip of this situation.”