At a glance headlines: Thursday, April 28

A dispute over school funding claims, STEM resources and a reprieve for some language qualifications are among the SecEd At a glance headlines for April 28, 2016.

Unions have scalded prime minister David Cameron for claiming during Prime Minister’s Questions that his government has protected per-pupil funding in schools. Mr Cameron made the claim during exchanges with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on April 20. Mr Cameron said: “We have protected spending per-pupil all the way through the last Parliament and all the way through this Parliament.”

However, the National Union of Teachers refuted the claim, pointing to an Institute of Fiscal Studies’ analysis showing that schools in England face a seven per cent real-terms fall in funding between now and 2019/20 (

Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary, said the prime minister’s statement was “hugely misleading to parents and the public”. He added: “This cut is equivalent to the loss of £1.6 billion from annual school funding which would be sufficient to employ 31,000 teachers, or over 93,000 classroom assistants.”

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