• Catch-up funding could be nearly 'wiped out' by Covid safety costs, warns ASCL

    Funding for pupil catch-up support could be nearly “wiped out” by the costs schools face in making their sites safe, a leaders’ union has warned. The government has so far refused to reimburse schools for the cost of preventative measures, despite insisting on increased cleaning and efforts to keep protective “bubbles” apart. ASCL is urging

    15.28 Sep. 25th, 2020 | News

  • Do what's best for pupils, even if government doesn't like it, Barton tells heads

    Schools leaders should defy the government and snub GCSE English to help the “forgotten third” of pupils destined to fail, the leader of the ASCL union has said. Geoff Barton, once a maverick headteacher who railed against Ofsted and said he would have to be dragged “kicking and screaming” into running an academy, has been

    22.50 Mar. 12th, 2020 | News

  • We must be more ‘forensic’ in funding campaign, Barton warns

    Tales of teachers having to buy equipment for their schools are “unhelpful” and are eclipsing the more serious impact of education funding cuts, the leader of a headteachers’ union has said. Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, told Schools Week heads and teachers need to find a “different

    5.00 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Halfon: Give schools their own NHS-style 10 year plan

    Education needs a ten-year funding plan like the one drawn up for the NHS, the chair of the parliamentary education committee has said. Writing in Schools Week, Robert Halfon (pictured), a former education minister and Conservative Party deputy chairman, said it was “inexplicable and astonishing” that the health service can have a ten-year funding and

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Geoff Barton, general secretary-designate, Association of School and College Leaders

    Geoff Barton strides around his school with the pride of a parent whose child has won a prize for being the best in everything. As he paces the corridors, talking about the debating team’s successes, espousing the virtues of a Shanghai exchange programme and introducing pupils left, right, and centre, it is hard to imagine

    5.00 Mar. 10th, 2017 | Features