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Anger over chancellor’s £400m ‘little extras’ for schools

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Teachers and parents have reacted with anger to an announcement in the Budget that schools are to receive a one-off payment of £400m for “little extras”.

Schools in England will receive the sum to “buy the little extras they need”, Chancellor Philip Hammond said.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner said Mr Hammond’s choice of language was “utterly insulting to parents and teachers”.

Unions said Mr Hammond’s gesture would “infuriate” head teachers.

Mr Hammond’s announcement comes as England’s school leaders have been campaigning for better funding for schools, saying their budgets have been squeezed.

Campaign group Save Our Schools described Mr Hammond’s offer as “patronising” and a “big mistake”.

The hash tag “littleextras” began trending on social media after the Budget, with some parents pointing out the cash injection was less than the £420m the chancellor had allocated to fixing potholes.

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