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Class sizes up to 40 as heads face ‘impossible choices’

Chancellor’s cash pledge fails to convince as school leaders are forced to cut the curriculum and support for students

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More than a billion pounds extra was pledged for the cash-strapped schools sector in this week’s Budget.

But with the funding to be released over several years and much of it due to pay for new free schools and grammars, the chancellor’s speech has not allayed the financial fears of many heads. Justine Greening will find that out first-hand when she addresses the Association of School and College Leaders’ (ASCL) annual conference in Birmingham today.

The omens for the education secretary are not good. ASCL has released the results of a poll of school leaders revealing that they are being ...

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