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Cuts create a ‘postcode lottery’ in education

Two-thirds of councils have cut real spending since 2010-11, new figures show

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At this time of year, when councils are setting their budgets, we are already hearing about cuts and increased charges covering everything from the number of teaching posts to the price of music lessons (“Councils have ‘scope to reduce teacher numbers’”, Tes Scotland, 23 February). Meanwhile, teachers say school budgets have seldom been tighter – and that they are having to pay for classroom supplies out of their own pockets.

A comprehensive picture of how funding for education has changed can be harder to make out. New figures obtained by Tes Scotland, however, lay bare the way that education ...

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