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No more money.

No more money.

Schools are up to their eyeballs in debt. Last year, one in four local authority schools and half of academies spent more than they received in funding.

The government points to the £4bn in some schools’ reserves as a sign there’s enough cash to keep going. But even if we could spread this around, it’s still only £180,000 per school. As one headteacher put it, that will keep the wolves from the door for one year. By 2020, much of the system will be broke.

The education secretary, Damian Hinds, will no doubt point to the “additional” £1.3bn promised after last year’s election. But this will come from savings elsewhere, much of which the Department for Education admits it hasn’t even yet identified. One bit we do know is that about half a billion will be taken from school buildings. So, hurray, schools may be able to remain open past 2020, but it’ll be touch-and-go as to whether or not they’ll have a roof.

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