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PM pledges extra billions for schools in move labelled ‘con trick’ by Opposition

PM pledges extra billions for schools in move labelled ‘con trick’ by Opposition

Boris Johnson will spend £14bn extra on primary and secondary schools over the next three years.

The commitment will see an extra £2.6bn of funding for 2020/21, £4.8bn for 2021/22, and £7.1bn for 2022/23, compared to the current year. That would see each secondary school get at least £5,000 per pupil next year, while every primary school will get a minimum of £4,000 from 2021/22.

In addition, £700m would be spent on children with special educational needs and disabilities in 2020/21 (see story below).

Mr Johnson said: “We should not accept the idea that there can be “winners or losers” when it comes to our children’s futures.That’s why we are providing additional funding now and for the future for every school, with those historically underfunded receiving the greatest increase.”

Downing Street said the move would ensure that per-pupil funding for all schools rises at least in line with inflation.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said schools would also receive a further £4.4bn over three years to cover rising pension costs for teachers.

He added: “We owe it to the next generation to ensure our education system is world class, and that nothing stands in the way of our young people having the best choices in life, whatever course they take.”

“This £14bn funding increase - the largest cash boost in a generation - means our schools can continue to raise standards and build an education system that boosts productivity, improves social mobility and equips children with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the bright future that lies ahead.”

Responding to the announcement, Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner said: “This comes nowhere close to meeting the Prime Minister’s pledge to reverse the Tories’ education cuts, let alone matching Labour’s plans to invest in a National Education Service. It is yet another con trick by a politician who shown time and again that you just can’t trust his promises.

“Today’s announcement completely ignores the impact of cuts on vital services like nursery schools and Sure Start centres or adult learning and training, and school buildings will continue to crumble as cuts to capital funding continue.”