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Commenting on the report by the House of Commons Education Committee on school and college funding, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

“This report is a damning indictment of the government’s dreadful record on school and college funding. It rightly identifies the fact that the government’s mantra that ‘more money than ever is going into education’ has added insult to injury at a time when schools and colleges have suffered devastating real-terms cuts.

“It is spot-on about the need for a long-term education funding plan which is based upon what schools and colleges actually need. It is a fundamental weakness of the current funding system that there is a complete disconnect between what is asked of the education system and how much money is provided by the government to meet those expectations.

“The committee is also right to identify the priority of improving the level of funding for post-16 education and special educational needs as a matter of the utmost urgency. The dire inadequacy of funding in both sectors has precipitated an absolute crisis which has severe implications for social fairness and justice.

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“ASCL has repeatedly called for improved education funding alongside our partners in the School Cuts Coalition and other organisations.

“We have carried out detailed analysis of the money that is needed to provide every primary and secondary school with the level of funding required to meet the expectations on them, and we have worked with colleagues in other organisations to publish a long-term education spending plan.1

“We are very pleased that the report of the Education Committee supports the case for sustainable improved funding, and that there is increasingly a political consensus for increased investment, but we will continue to fight for this cause until we actually see the money that the education system needs and pupils deserve.”

1 Coalition unveils long-term funding plan to reverse education cuts. 15 July 2019.

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