Jonathan Simons

Spare a few pennies for our schools, guv’nor?

Jonathan Simons writes weekly about policy and education

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In my house hangs a copy of an Evening Standard headline from Budget 2006, when I was working in the Treasury (this was in the long-ago days when commuters got their Budget news from a paid-for newspaper on the way home, not Twitter and freesheets). The headline is “Gordon throws money at schools”.

Fast-forward a decade, and there was thin gruel for headteachers in last week’s Autumn Statement: some capital funding for new grammars and a report into improving northern schools commissioned under George Osborne (and hence quietly placed into a dark corner of Budget coverage, much like you’d park ...

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