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The real schools issues are welfare and housing. No party offers to help | Laura McInerney

Tue, 30/05/2017 - 06:45
Anyone who recalls the 80s and 90s knows you can’t keep cutting services without children bleeding

England is on the turn, like a pint of souring milk, and schools are smelling the whiffs. The number of children in care is rising; gun and knife crime are up; waiting lists for children’s mental health referrals are lengthening. The question is: how long before the whole thing goes completely off?

No major political party has got to grips with this during the election. The Conservatives and Labour are offering schools more money – about £4bn a year – but this will just stem the flow of redundancies. Schools are shedding staff as costs rise and budgets stay flat.

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