New government funding for schools and colleges is ‘drop in the ocean’, headteachers say

The Independent is reporting that new government funding for a series of initiatives to boost technical education and teacher training opportunities has been criticised by headteachers as being a mere “drop in the ocean”.

Schools and colleges are set to receive £119m in funding for projects spread over several years, the education secretary Damian Hinds has revealed today at the Conservative Party Conference.

But the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) says it will do nothing to address the funding crisis – which saw thousands of headteachers march on Westminster last week.

Mr Hinds said that £66m will be split between 53 schools and colleges over five years, which will share their expertise in teaching maths and English with other teachers to improve literacy and numeracy.

A further £10m will be invested over two years to improve teacher training on behaviour in schools, update government guidance on behaviour, and to support schools to share their knowledge.

Speaking in Birmingham, the minister also announced that £38m would be spent on new equipment and facilities for colleges offering the government’s flagship technical T-level qualifications.

But Geoff Barton, general secretary of ASCL, said: “Just a few days after 2,000 headteachers protested in London over the school funding crisis, the government’s response is to make a modest investment in specific initiatives, spread very thinly over several years.”

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday. Mr Hinds said: “We will not rest until results in all parts of our country are as good as they are now in the best, opportunity is equally available to all of our society and all routes, whether academic or technical, are of equal standing.”

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