Prime Minister to spend extra £4 billion on education budget, but scrap free school meals

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.

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