School leaders left in the dark despite Education Secretary’s claim on funding

Last week, the Education Secretary, Justine Greening, announced an extra £1.3 billion of funding for schools to maintain pupil funding in real terms up to 2019-20. The announcement has been met with a mixed response and seems to raise more questions than it answers. The announcement does not seem to include any contingency for the rising staffing costs and inflationary pressures schools will face or provide any clarity on the impact of the proposed cuts to central programmes on children’s educational experience.

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