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Why schools funding campaigners may end up backing Damian Hinds

The Education Secretary Damian has, to his credit, displayed a growing acceptance of the difficulties faced by schools—and could be crucial to a pivot in Whitehall

By Natalie Perera  

Education Secretary Damian Hinds leaving 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

School funding is the issue that refuses to go away. At a time when other domestic grievances are struggling to receive a fair hearing, the concerted call for action on funding from teachers and leaders seems to grow louder by the day.

In an unprecedented march at the beginning of the school year, hundreds of headteachers descended on Downing Street to demand an improved funding settlement, while the ‘WorthLess?’ campaign continues to gain national attention—most recently by highlighting instances of schools struggling to afford basic classroom equipment. Teaching unions…

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