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Extra money for grammar schools in budget.

Extra money for grammar schools in budget.

The chancellor is to announce extra money for new free schools in England, which could include grammars, in Wednesday's Budget.

It comes as head teachers are protesting about a funding crisis in existing schools.

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.

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

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

All new schools are now opened as free schools - but if the government lifts the ban on expanding selection, some of the £320m could be used for new selective schools or to expand existing grammars.

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