Matt Hancock makes £3billion education pledge in a bid to outspend Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Michael Gove

In an interview with The Sun, the Health Secretary pledged a £3 billion spending spree on state primary and secondary schools in England over the next five years.

It would see an extra £400 spent on every primary and secondary school pupil than the current £4,800 yearly average.

That is twice the extra spending Boris pledged to spend in his education policy launch yesterday – and his only covers secondary school kids.

At the weekend fellow leadership rival Mr Gove pledged to spend an extra £1 billion.

He said he would ensure there is a fair funding across the country – correcting the current postcode lottery that sees per pupil funding as high as £6,800 in parts of London but as low as £4,200 in other parts of the country.

Mr Hancock said: “There’s been a focus on rigour which has been important but not on flexibility and preparing kids for the future jobs that are coming down the tracks.

“Not just the technology, it’s about the arts, the creativity.

“The jobs that the robots will do will be the straight line thinking ones. The jobs that humans will do will be based on creativity and compassion.

“So schools need to prepare kids for caring and creativity as much as for rote and rigour.”

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