The Telegraph is reporting that Nicky Morgan has dropped a heavy hint that the budget for primary and secondary schools will be protected from cuts following the general election…
She disclosed that she was “fighting” within Cabinet for the money, and refused to deny the suggestion that the fact she was speaking publicly about her ambition meant she had already won the battle.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, she said: “I am absolutely fighting for the schools’ budget to be protected.
“We have taken some very difficult economic decisions but because we have a strong economy, because of the decisions that we have taken, we are able to put money into schools and we’re investing in new school places, in new school buildings as well as in front line education.”
When it was put to her that should wouldn’t have raised the issue of ring-fencing unless she had won the battle and secured the money, she did not demure.
“It is the schools budget, the five to 16 year olds,” she went on. “I think everyone from the Prime Minister downwards realises the critical part that education plays in life transforming and the critical importance of a good education system in this country.”
…Turning to academy schools, Mrs Morgan said that many, although not all, would want to take advantage of the “freedoms and innovations” they enjoy.
But she rejected the suggestion that companies running schools should be permitted to make a profit, saying: “I don’t see that as being an attractive option. I don’t think that’s something we’ll want to see in our education system and that’s not something schools have been asking for…
So still not a clear statement that budgets will be protected but perhaps the closest yet? Would you expect Labour to match this position? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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