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Whiteman: Cautious welcome from school leaders for the government’s funding announcement

Paul Whiteman, NAHT general secretary said: “After five years of disappointment on funding, I’m sure the Prime Minister would forgive us for only giving this a cautious welcome while we await the full details to come from the Chancellor’s statement on Wednesday. It would be disastrous if the detail didn’t live up to the £14.4bn headline. We hope that this announcement is as good as it looks. On the face of it, this investment appears to repair some of the damage that has been done to the education system since the cuts began in 2010. We’ve won the argument that it was only going to be new money from the Treasury that would solve the school funding crisis. More money is welcome. There’s no extra money for schools this year, so that’s still a big problem for schools whose budgets are already at breaking point. There are many ways to calculate how much more schools and colleges need to receive; the two fundamentals though are immediate short-term relief, to make up for what schools and colleges have lost, and a long-term commitment to sufficient funding in the future. We’ll be analysing the detail now, in order to make sure that what’s been announced meets the needs of all pupils, in all schools not only in England but in Wales and Northern Ireland too.”

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