Funding and staffing are essential for continued progress

10 December 2015

The Department for Education today published results for key stage 2 tests in England.

Brian Lightman, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “Congratulations to school leaders, teachers, pupils and parents on these excellent results. The continuing improvement in the attainment of 11-year-olds is the result of the tremendous commitment and professionalism of school leaders and teachers and the huge amount of hard work which takes place in schools.

“Schools need sufficient funding and staffing to support them in this good work, and these are issues which are causing great concern at the moment. Funding has been frozen despite rising costs and this situation is creating enormous pressure on school budgets. At the same time, schools are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit staff because of very serious teacher shortages.

“Schools will always do their very best for their pupils whatever the circumstances. It is essential, however, that they are given the resources which are necessary to enable them to continue raising standards and delivering a brilliant education to young people. We would appeal to the Government to address the issues of funding and recruitment urgently.”