Don’t be confused by the £500 million to be spent on education: that’s £21.95 a head for most pupils

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As the FT has noted, Philip Hammond is to allocate £500 million of extra funds to schools in the budget. However, of thus sum £320 million is to go to 140 new so-called free schools. That is £2.3 million each.

The remaining 24,372 schools in the country will share £180 million, or £7,385 each.

Alternatively, split that £180 million amongst the 8.2 million pupils involved and that's £21.95 per pupil, which is going to make a resounding difference.

Never doubt that big numbers are meant to distract attention, in this case fom blatant dogmatic bias.