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Schools and colleges in England need a "multi-billion cash injection" and a long-term approach to funding, MPs on the Education Select Committee say. Its report on school funding confirms the concerns of head teachers and teachers' unions who have protested about worsening budget shortages. The committee found that schools and colleges "desperately need" extra cash. A Department for Education spokeswoman accepted that schools were facing "budgeting challenges". ASCL head teachers' union leader Geoff Barton, said the report was a "damning indictment of the government's dreadful record" on school funding. SPENDING GAP. Robert Halfon, who chairs the committee's, said the report showed the nee... Full story

18 July