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£45 million for literacy will not 'reverse damage' of funding cuts, Labour says

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Jan 8, 2018.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    'The government’s new £45 million investment in literacy will do nothing to compensate for the funding cuts that schools have faced, the Labour party has said.

    Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, called the investment a “small initiative”, saying that it would not reverse the damage caused by the £2.7 billion of funding cuts that schools have faced since 2015.

    Ms Rayner told The Independent: “Once again this government believes that these small initiatives are enough to reverse the damage they are doing to our schools.'


    Greening says millions for primary literacy will ensure no community is left behind

    'The government has announced that that nearly £45 million will be used to boost primary literacy, as part of its efforts to deliver its new social mobility action plan.

    However, it was unclear how much of the money is new, and a number measures announced today have previously been foreshadowed by education secretary Justine Greening.'


    The government believes that £45 million for primacy literacy will ensure that no community is left behind, however Labour is not convinced that the money will be enough to stop schools suffering from a funding shortfall. What do you think? Do you welcome the extra funding?
  2. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Lead commenter

    Extra funding will always be welcome but:
    1. Is it extra, not just a reshuffling?
    2. What's to stop MATs diverting it to more important matters?
      The Executive Head's bonus springs to mind.
    Shedman likes this.

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