Gove faces £2bn funding cut in spending review

With the schools budget protected, the brunt of the cut could fall on childcare, pre-school provision, and further education.

The schools budget, set to be £34.9bn by 2015 will remain ring-fenced as will spending on health, overseas aid, pensions and military equipment.

Shadow education secretary, Stephen Twigg, yesterday unveiled proposals to give all state schools in England the same rights as academies – which have been greatly expanded almost tenfold by the coalition since 2010 to nearly 3,000 schools.

Mr Twigg vowed to end the Free Schools programme, while protecting those already granted this status, and announced former education secretary David Blunkett would lead a review into how academies and other schools should work with local authorities.


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