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This new school funding boost is welcome—but it doesn’t go nearly far enough

Justine Greening has pledged an extra £1.3bn over two years. £2bn a year is needed simply to reverse real-terms cuts since 2015

By Valentine Mulholland  

Education Secretary Justine Greening. Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire/PA Images

Yesterday, Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening announced in parliament extra funding for schools over the next two years—to be precise, £1.3bn more than the “schools settlement” agreed in the 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review. There is no new funding for the coming academic year, which begins in September. But there is more funding from April 2018: £416m extra for 2018/19 and £884m for 2019/20. After that, there’s the promise of a new funding review, with the hope that more…

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