ASCL response to the Budget statement

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders responds to today’s Budget statement.
Responding to today’s Budget statement, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

We welcome the commitments on education spending made by the Chancellor in today’s Budget statement, and in particular the pledge of £1.5 billion of new capital over five years to improve the condition of the further education college estate. We also recognise that the government has previously announced more money for schools and colleges. 

However, none of these commitments are enough to reverse the devastating cuts to courses, extra-curricular provision and student support which have taken place over the past few years because of the inadequacy of government funding, nor provide the £6.7 billion which is needed according to the government’s own figures to return all school buildings to a satisfactory or better condition.

We are particularly concerned about the situation in post-16 education where the funding rate per student remains a long way short of what is needed, and in special educational needs provision which desperately needs more investment beyond that already announced by the government.

Education is also a vital part of the nation’s infrastructure. If we are to be a successful, confident and outward-looking nation in the post-Brexit era, then the government must invest more in our young people.”