Do you want more textbooks than tanks?

How much money do England’s schools need in the coming years? The BBC reports.

On Wednesday, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds was asked to name a figure, but refused to be drawn.

“Do you not think the public would want more textbooks to tanks?” asked Robert Halfon MP, the chair of the Education Select Committee.

The NHS has been given a financial settlement, and there has been noisy lobbying within government for more defence spending.

Trade unions have said they estimate an additional £2.7bn a year is needed to take funding per pupil back to the level of 2015-16.

The Conservative chair of the committee, Robert Halfon, told the BBC: “After we got a wonderful settlement for the NHS, I believe we also need a ten-year plan for education and a five-year funding settlement too.”

Three teaching unions, the GMB, Unison and Unite have claimed the government is breaking a promise to maintain funding at the same level per pupil, after rising costs are taken into account.

All of this pressure comes ahead of any government announcement about the pay award for teachers.

 Schools are employers in their own right, so unless there is additional government funding, they will have to find the money for any pay rises out of their own budgets.

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