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What the teachers say

Rehana Siraj-Allan, head of Cabot primary school, Bristol, said: "We have 128 pupils on roll, so we will receive pound;6,000. This is good news, as the school is about to lose 1.6 teachers.

"Most of the staffing cuts will affect our special needs provision, so the money will go towards buying back the excellent special needs support that we have had. It willensure that at least for another year, we can provide the most effective education for our children."

Christopher Hines, head of Hook with Warsash C of E primary in Southampton, said: "The money will make a difference because we will get two new classroom assistants. What concerns me is that it highlights the difference between primary an secondary funding. We are a school of 440 pupils so we'll get pound;9,000, a large secondary school will get double that."

Margaret Bushell, head of 88-pupil Roecliffe C of E primary, York, said: "We've certainly got it earmarked. We'll put the money towards a mezzanine floor, new carpets, and extending our old building so there is somewhere to put the computers for the National Grid for Learning programme."

Mark Morrall, head of Royal Liberty school, Romford, Essex, a 520-pupil secondary, said: "We will keep on developing teaching and learning styles through information and communications technology and individualised study programmes. The rest will be used to support staffing."

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