In his first major domestic policy proposal, Johnson, a former foreign secretary and the front-runner in the race for the Tory leadership, said there was a “growing gulf” between students in London and the rest of the UK.
He said the discrepancy between funding for inner city secondary schoolsand those in more remote regions had, in some cases, grown to £2,600 per pupil, a situation he described as a “disturbing reality”.
It is understood Johnson would like to increase funding so every secondary school in England spends at least £5,000 per pupil, £200 more than the government’s current aim for 2019-20.
“This country is like a giant that is managing heroically to hop on one leg,” he wrote. “If we fund our schools properly, if we pay sufficient attention both to vocational training as well as to mathematics and languages, then we will loosen the shackle that is holding us back.”
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