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Schools angry over budget monies for 'little extras'.

Schools angry over budget monies for 'little extras'.

Twenty-four hours after giving schools a £400m budget bonus to “buy the little extras they need”, Philip Hammond appeared to have done little to assuage the anger of headteachers, despite a busy round of media interviews.

Far from building bridges, the chancellor risked making the situation worse by describing the one-off payment to schools in one interview as “a nice gesture”, which would help headteachers afford “a whiteboard, a couple of computers, whatever it is they want to buy”.

At a time when teachers and support staff are being made redundant, and pastoral and special educational needs services are being cut back after years of real-terms funding reductions, school leaders found Hammond’s choice of words galling and insulting. “We’ve been sneered at,” one said.

Another said: “Headteachers feel indignant about Mr Hammond’s ‘little extras’ rhetoric, but most of all we are shocked that the reasonable requests of parents and the profession as a whole have been ignored.”

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