Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget contained relatively few surprises for schools and academies, as the vast majority of policy changes affecting the education sector were announced in advance. However, the Spring Budget does have several implications for the sector that schools should be aware of.

Firstly, Mr Hammond confirmed that the Government would pump £216m into repairing and updating school buildings and infrastructure – equating to a sum of around £9,000 per school.

The funds will be allocated over the next two years, with the first half spent in 2018/19 and the second half to be distributed in 2019/20.

Furthermore, the Government also confirmed that £320bn in funding would be used to open 30 free schools across the UK between now and September 2020.

This came alongside announcements that the Government would extend an existing entitlement to free transport for pupils eligible for free school meals to cover selective schools – most notably, grammar schools – to the tune of £20m.

Additionally, Mr Hammond announced that the Treasury would stick to its decision to give £1bn to the Department for Education (DfE) to spend on sports activities and facilities. It added that this amount would be paid to the DfE over the course of this Parliament.

Finally, the Spring Budget confirmed that from 2019 onwards, the Government would pump an additional £500m a year into increasing the amount of training post-16 students receive on technical courses.

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