No new money for Covid recovery: Disappointment as Rishi Sunak's Budget snubs schools

There is bitter disappointment among school leaders and teachers after the "short-sighted" Budget included no new money to support longer term post-Covid recovery work during this Parliament.

While chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Budget announcement on Wednesday (March 3) focused on national recovery with a number of announcements for businesses, education did not feature.

School leaders had been hopeful that more money would be allocated by the chancellor to support the on-going recovery work in schools, not least in terms of academic and pastoral recovery and helping schools to shoulder the huge additional costs they have incurred in meeting government Covid safety regulations.

Education secretary Gavin Williamson himself has previously said that longer term support will be needed “over the length of this Parliament”. However, his colleague’s Budget did not reflect this.

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