From Nordic-style funding to getting rid of Gove’s free schools, here’s how to revive the demoralised teaching profession
A breakfast for every primary pupil that costs an unappetising 6.8p per meal is not the stuff of teachers’ dreams. Rather, it’s another example of the sheer chutzpah of the Conservatives who have a tendency to serve up policy gruel while maintaining it’s a luxury.
The Tory education pledges have been Basil Fawlty-like in their execution: there is the frenzied, futile attempt to appear controlled in the midst of a crisis sparked by cuts to school funding. One can only guess that the £4bn promised to schools over the next four years is a figure meant to entrance, leaving us in some kind of communal stupor so we forget that the sum barely plugs the gaps created by Tory austerity. When we factor in the cuts that have already been made, the additional £1bn a year still equates to a real-terms cut to per-pupil spending of about 7% by 2021-2022, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies.