ASCL response to Prime Minister’s schools funding announcement

30/08/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Prime Minister’s announcement today about additional funding for schools in England
 
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement today about additional funding for schools in England, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“We are pleased on behalf of schools and students that the government has listened to our repeated warnings about the scale and severity of the funding crisis, and has committed to desperately needed additional funding for education over the next three years. We will be studying the figures in detail as soon as this information is available to understand exactly what the additional funding covers and how this commitment will be implemented. The crisis is now and extra funding is needed as soon as possible.

“This announcement comes at a time of great political uncertainty and the Chancellor intends only to set departmental budgets for 2020/21 in his spending round announcement next week. This will raise questions about what will happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit and the possibility of an early General Election. Whatever the circumstances over the next few years, it must be a national priority to deliver the additional funding which has been pledged today. Investing in our schools, colleges and students is an investment in the future of our country.”