Government’s schools funding plans panned before they are announced

Leaked proposals on education funding fall well short of the cash needed, a teachers’ union has said. Public Finance reports.

A document seen by The Guardian suggests the government will unveil a £3.5bn education spending package to increase teaching salaries and turn more local authority schools into academies.

But Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said that the funding “just isn’t enough”.

 “The government must invest in all schools and colleges across the country and give councils the powers they need to open schools where there is genuine need for new places. Instead, it seems they intend to throw more public money at their failed and discredited free school programme.”

Geoff Barton general secretary of the ASCL said any funding would be welcome following years of austerity but warned that it must not be “simply part of a strategy for a forthcoming general election”.

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