Boris Johnson’s spending plans could leave pupils missing out – and a “much-needed” schools funding formula could be delayed because of Brexit planning, Labour has warned. Tes reports.
Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner raised concerns that the national funding formula will be “delayed by the Treasury in order to reserve money for a no-deal contingency fund”.
However speaking in the House of Commons today, Ms Rayner said Tory leadership frontrunner Mr Johnson’s schools spending plans could leave pupils in a worse position, with less funding than had been promised.
“The leading candidate, the blond one, not the bland one, promised us a minimum funding of £5,000 per pupil.
“But can you confirm this is under £50 million a year, an increase of just 0.1 per cent of the total schools budget?
“Do you accept this is less than the increase promised in his party’s manifesto, less than the amount that the outgoing prime minister apparently accepts is needed and, I hope, less than the amount you will ask for at the spending review?”
Education minister Nick Gibb said: “It wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on specific proposals of the contenders, though I am very pleased that all the contenders in this leadership contest have put education as a focus of their platform.”
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