• Hammond’s ‘little extras’ may not go directly to schools

    Academy trusts will be able to pool the money their schools are awarded from the £400 million “little extras” pot and dish it out as they deem appropriate, Schools Week understands. Philip Hammond, the chancellor, pledged the in-year bonus during last week’s budget, suggesting the money could be spent on computers or whiteboards. He said

    7.00 Nov. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Halfon: Give schools their own NHS-style 10 year plan

    Education needs a ten-year funding plan like the one drawn up for the NHS, the chair of the parliamentary education committee has said. Writing in Schools Week, Robert Halfon (pictured), a former education minister and Conservative Party deputy chairman, said it was “inexplicable and astonishing” that the health service can have a ten-year funding and

    5.00 Nov. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Rescue schools tied to 'toxic' PFI contracts, Hammond told

    The government will no longer use private financial initiatives (PFI) to fund future school-building projects – but is facing criticism for failing to help those schools still tied into “toxic” contracts. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced on Monday the government won’t sign off any new PFI deals, claiming the model was “inflexible and overly complex”. It

    7.00 Nov. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • The problem with Hammond's 'little extras' budget pledge

    The chancellor’s £400 million capital “bonus” for schools to buy “little extras” could end up with brand-new schools being handed as much cash as those where the “roof is falling in”. Philip Hammond said the money, a one-off injection this year in the form of grants, would be “useful” to fund things like “whiteboards and

    5.00 Nov. 3rd, 2018 | News