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What the Budget means for education

17/03/2016 Joanna
Yesterday (March 16th), chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget, which included some changes for education in the UK.

The most prominent change is the move for all schools to become academies by 2022. The Department of Education is expected to publish draft legislation surrounding this within the next week.

As such, this change will see the end of the role of local authorities as providers of education.

In a move that has been widely discussed for some time, the Budget suggested that it could be made compulsory for all students to study maths until they reach the age of 18. In addition, schooling hours could be extended, with 25 per cent of secondary schools expected to open after 3.30 pm.

£500 million has been allocated to ensure a "fair funding" formula is in place for schools in England. On top of this, new funding has been put in place for extra activities such as sport and art, which secondary schools in England will be able to bid to receive.

While some of these changes will see implementation plans put in place fairly swiftly, others - such as teaching maths until the age of 18 - will take much longer to put in place. 

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