Annal Nayyar reports David Cameron has promised a future Conservative government would protect England’s schools budget in cash terms, but per pupil funding would not keep pace with inflation.

Annal Nayyar reports David Cameron has promised a future Conservative government would protect England’s schools budget in cash terms, but per pupil funding would not keep pace with inflation.

The prime minister said the government would provide a further £7bn for extra places for rising numbers of pupils.

Mr Cameron said hundreds more secondary schools would become academies.

Labour’s Tristram Hunt said Tory claims to protect funding were “unravelling” and represented a “real-terms cut”.

On school funding, the prime minister promised to protect “flat cash” per pupil spending, but this would reduce in value with inflation.

Mr Cameron said this would mean “difficult decisions”, but the government had demonstrated that with greater efficiency “more could be achieved with less”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-31087137

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