ASCL response to Sutton Trust survey on school cuts

18 April 2019

Responding to a survey by the Sutton Trust on how budget cuts are affecting schools, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

Only a government with its fingers in its ears can continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence of the damage being done by real-terms cuts to school funding. The findings of the Sutton Trust survey confirm once again that the level of funding allocated by the government to schools is totally inadequate. It shows that school leaders have been left with no option other than to cut teachers and teaching assistants, and that a significant number have had to plug funding gaps by using pupil premium money which is meant for disadvantaged children.

It is important that the public understands this situation will get worse unless the level of school funding is improved as a matter of urgency. Schools will have to make more cuts and this will impact further on educational provision, making it difficult to maintain existing educational standards, let alone improve them further and narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and other students. The reality of school leadership is increasingly one of having to decide on what is the least-worst option about where to cut next.