Grammar schools: Budget includes cash for new free schools

The chancellor is to announce extra money for new free schools and grammar schools in England in his Budget on Wednesday, as head teachers protest about a funding crisis.

 

Philip Hammond will confirm a one-off payment of £320m for 140 new free schools, on top of the 500 already pledged to be created by 2020.

 

He will also promise £216m to rebuild and refurbish existing schools.

 

Labour's Angela Rayner said schools still faced £3bn in spending cuts.

 

The chancellor's funding announcement could pave the way for a new generation of grammar schools.

 

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