Government pledges an additional £2.4 billion for schools

Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, has announced a £2.4 billion funding boost for the education system. The money will primarily be used to help fund additional school places and to improve the condition of existing school buildings.

Greening said in a statement:

“Our Plan for Britain is to build a fairer society, with a good school place available for every child.

This £2.4 billion investment, together with our proposals to create more good school places, will help ensure every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential”.]

Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary, was criticial of the funding arrangement and said:

“The secretary of state’s so-called fair funding formula is neither fair nor funded, and she needs to look again at the impact that it will have on the most disadvantaged areas in our country before moving forward with it”.