Back to school after a decade of austerity – podcast | News



When Sajid Javid delivers his spending review statement in the Commons today, he is expected to announce billions of pounds for schools in a bid to reverse almost a decade of real-terms cuts. The cutbacks have meant some schools asking parents to sign up to regular cash donations, slashing extra-curricular activities or even closing early on some days. So will the money promised by the chancellor reverse the effects of austerity?

Education correspondent Sally Weale joins Anushka Asthana to look back at the realities of what a decade of cuts has meant for teachers, students and parents.

Plus: Dr David Nicholl, a consultant neurologist, on why he chastised Jacob Rees-Mogg and called him a ‘muppet’ over his support for a possible no-deal Brexit.

A teacher during a lesson

Photograph: David Davies/PA

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