An extra £4 billion will be added to the education budget by 2022, the Prime Minister has revealed in her election manifesto.
It will be part-funded through the removal of the universal infant free school meals scheme.
It says the funding represents “more than a real-terms increase for every year of the parliament” when compared to current spending plans.
The Prime Minister also plans to launch a free school breakfasts scheme for all primary school pupils.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies and Association of School and College Leaders both suggested that breakfasts could be a better investment than free lunches.
The Conservative’s other policies include:
- Prohibit councils from creating any new places in schools that have been rated either ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ by Ofsted
- Universities that charge maximum fees must sponsor free schools or academies
- At least 100 independent schools to sponsor academies or found state schools, keeping option of changing the tax status if progress not made
- Make sure no school has budget cut as part of new funding formula
- Continue to protect pupil premium
- Allow maintained nurseries to take on ‘academy freedoms’, and join multi-academy trusts
- Introduce mental health first aid training for teachers in every school
Earlier this week, Labour said it would spend an additional £6.3 billion on schools if they were elected.