Cash plea for standards boost

5th December 1997 at 00:00
The Government's literacy and numeracy targets will not be met without giving schools substantial extra funding, according to a survey of more than 1, 000 headteachers.

Almost three-quarters say their school budgets are worse than last year, 65 per cent have cut back on buildings maintenance, 61 per cent on books and equipment and 54 per cent on teaching support staff.

The survey was carried out by the National Association of Head Teachers and BBC2's Just One Chance, and 402 secondary heads and 635 from primaries responded.

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