Exclusive: Ministers considering 'all the options' for increasing school funding

Sources say Justine Greening had wanted Tory manifesto to protect real terms per pupil funding but was overruled.

 

Ministers are now considering “all the options” on increasing school funding, according to sources close to the Department for Education. 

 

They have also revealed that Justine Greening – reappointed education secretary on Sunday – had always wanted the Conservative election manifesto to include a promise to protect real-terms per pupil school funding.

 

However, the sources say Ms Greening was overruled by the manifesto's authors, who said the money was not available.

 

Instead, the Conservatives promised to increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion by 2022, which the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies said would represent a 2.8 per cent cut in real terms per pupil funding over the period.

 

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