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NAHT responds to Secretary of State’s speech on supporting disadvantaged children in schools

Responding to Secretary of State Damian Hinds’ announcement today of new measures to support disadvantaged children in schools, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:

“It is positive to see the Secretary of State focusing his attention on the most vulnerable children in our schools; they are the ones most impacted by a lack of funding and access to support services.

“We welcome the recognition of the important role that so many play in providing vulnerable children with all the support they need, including social care, youth services, local authorities, police, and schools – children do not get the help they need unless all play their part. It is important to recognise the significant and vital work being done to support disadvantaged children in schools, which often goes far beyond a school’s core role of education and happens in the face of significant challenges. We all want these children to succeed and must work together to make that happen.

“However, although many of these measures are positive and welcome, sooner or later the government will have to recognise that without decent levels of basic funding for schools and public services, the hard work and positive ideas of so many will simply go to waste. We desperately need new money from the Treasury for schools and children’s services, or children will continue to be failed.”

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Steven George
NAHT Head of Press and Media
01444 472886
07970 907730

Rose Tremlett 
Senior Press Officer 
07545 354363