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How much money do schools need?

How much money do schools need?

How much money do England's schools need in the coming years?

On Wednesday, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds was asked to name a figure, but refused to be drawn.

"Do you not think the public would want more textbooks to tanks?" asked Robert Halfon MP, the chair of the Education Select Committee.

Trade unions have said they estimate an additional £2.7bn a year is needed to take funding per pupil back to the level of 2015-16.

The NHS has been given a financial settlement, and there has been noisy lobbying within government for more defence spending.

    

Perhaps Mr Hinds had in mind the reproach from Treasury Minister Liz Truss to colleagues demanding extra money.

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