The true extent of school budget cuts revealed

Parents criticise £738m real-terms drop in funding

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Education spending has fallen by more than £700 million in real terms since 2009, a parents’ organisation is claiming, as it reveals the vast majority of parents think schools are inadequately funded.

Eileen Prior, chief executive of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC) has described the drop in funding – £738 million, or a 15.8 per cent cut in eight years – as “gobsmacking”.

It coincides with an SPTC survey of parents that reveals almost 92 per cent believe there is not enough money being spent on schools and education.

The “astonishing” cut in education spending was hitting children ...

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