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‘Crisis? What crisis?’ says the new schools commissioner

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England’s school system is not on the verge of a funding crisis, the Department for Education’s new national schools commissioner, Dominic Herrington, has insisted.

This statement – which is no doubt in line with approved government PR – won’t surprise many teachers. After all, our cash-strapped schools have been fed the “record levels of funding” line by the DfE many times already.

Earlier this year, an investigation by the UK Statistics Authority into the DfE’s claims that it was spending “record amounts” on school funding resulted in a subsequent “we must do better” statement from the ...

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