Education

Hammond invests in handful of Free Schools but impoverishes all State Schools

March 9, 2017

The 2017 Budget has been released and it turns out that state schools are the big losers once again, as selective free schools reap the Tory Chancellor’s largesse.

Philip Hammond yesterday announced that schools will receive £536m in maintenance grants.

£320m of this goes directly to 140 free schools, providing them with almost £2.3m each on average.

However, the real scandal is that the 24,288 state-funded primary and secondary schools get a truly pathetic £216 million extra allocated to them.

Some quick sums reveal that this means your average state school gets only £8,893 between now and 2020!

Free schools will rake in £2,291,107 more on average over the same period, thanks to this grotesquely unfair policy.

Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT (the largest teachers’ union) has condemned the new Conservative budget as unfair and destructive. Credit: teachers.org.uk

And to make matters worse, this trend is set to continue with the Government confirming that a further £655 million is to be allocated for free schools in 2021/22.

And how much are state schools expected to get for investment over the same period? A flat, round £0!

Treasury figures for the near future reveal a stunning disparity between non-existent state school funding and huge investment in free schools.

Free schools: not worth the money?

And all this comes as free schools come under criticism for being inefficient, ineffective and for increasingly bloated salaries for mercenary headteachers and senior staff!

Figures show a total of 41 heads are earning more than £142,000 a year – up by 10 when compared with the previous year.

In the most publicised case, Sir Greg Martin, executive head at the Durand Academies Trust – which runs a primary school in Brixton and is planning a boarding secondary school in the Sussex countryside. He earned £229,000 as a head and a further £160,000 from a company set up to run the school’s sports and fitness centre last year.

Tory 2015 Manifesto rhetoric was a lie

Directly contradicting promises made in the 2015 Tory manifesto, the new budget has gone against the idea that “A good education is not a luxury; it should be a right for everyone.”

The Tories have shown themselves (once again) to be reckless, greedy and ruthless when it comes to the state of the nation’s schools and to the fate of our children.

If you are aren’t “fortunate” enough to go to a free school, your education will suffer as a result of these virtual, real term cuts.

No wonder Theresa May was in such hysterics yesterday…

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