Schools angry over Hammond’s budget cash for ‘little extras’

Chancellor’s claim £400m more for education is ‘a nice gesture’ compounds negative reactionTwenty-four hours after giving schools a £400m budget bonus to “buy the little extras they need”, Philip Hammond appeared to have done little to assuage the anger of headteachers, despite a busy round of media interviews.Far from building bridges, the chancellor risked making the situation worse by describing the one-off payment to schools in one interview as “a nice gesture”, which would help headteachers afford “a whiteboard, a couple of computers, whatever it is they want to buy”. Continue reading…

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