Professionals in teaching jobs across the country will not see a real-term increase in school budgets over the next four years, the government has conceded.
Just this week, ministers announced plans to give schools an additional £430 for each of their pupils whose parents earn less than £16,000, with this money to go towards funding extra one-on-one lessons for the most-disadvantaged.
However, with the official forecast for inflation between now and 2014 having been adjusted at the same time, the Department for Education has acknowledged that this money, which will be handed out as part of the pupil premium initiative, will not represent an upturn in overall funding in real terms.
Despite noting this, a spokesman for the department told the BBC: "What is not changing is government's commitment to schools. We have not cut the schools budget totals - cash limits remain as announced in the Spending Review."
At the same time, however, the Association of School and College Leaders has told the Independent that a policy of 'recycling money' will inevitably mean that holes will soon start appearing in other parts of schools' budgets.
Posted by Tim Colman