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News - 1 October 2019 (Left Foot Forward)

Four out of five schools will still be worse off than they were in 2015 under Government spending plans, according to analysis by the School Cuts coalition. The lobby group has worked out that around 16,000 — or 80% of UK schools — will have less money per pupil in 2020 they did in 2015.

That’s despite “additional” funding announced by the Tories in August.

Geoff Barton, general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders, indicated that the government was investing after years of campaigners pointing out that school funding is in crisis.

“But analysis shows the additional funding is not enough to repair the damage that has been done to our schools and colleges and that further investment is required. We are not being churlish, we are just stating the facts. The funding crisis is not over,” Barton said.

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has promised school funding would be “levelled up across the entire country” and that there would be “no winners or losers”.

But this is not happening, according to the School Cuts Coalition’s analysis.

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary at the National Education Union, said it amounted to “empty promises”. “His numbers don’t add up,” he said. “The latest funding announcement falls well short of . . .


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