Inclusive provision: More than a question of funding?

As good as it sounds, the £7.1 billion school funding announcement is not enough – and more will be needed. However, providing proper support to meet pupils’ needs and ensure inclusive provision is not just a matter of funding. Philippa Stobbs explains

The first of a flurry of education announcements hit the headlines as everyone was returning to school following the summer break, and MPs were returning to Parliament after recess. The announcements might well have had more attention, had there not been so much turmoil elsewhere.

On the face of it, the first announcement looked good: this was the one on funding (DfE, 2019; SecEd, 2019). It came at 6pm on Friday, August 30. As the Association of Colleges said, it was a pretty unusual time to make a policy announcement, but then these are pretty unusual times.

Without a three-year Comprehensive Spending Review, it was helpful to have this announcement sooner rather than later and, for schools, this is still a three-year funding commitment.

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