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In numbers: the big schools squeeze

Teachers report a funding crisis but the government insists core spending is protected. Who is right?

One Birmingham school recently announced it was shutting up shop on Friday afternoons, and Labour MP Jess Phillips quipped she’d be dropping her son off to be minded at No 10. There is suddenly a rising sense, among parents and teachers, of a real funding crisis in the classroom. This is despite the fact that, as ministers like to point out, the “core schools budget” is as high as ever. So what’s going on?

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