Justine Greening has announced £1.3bn of additional funding for schools that she has said will come from “efficiencies” from within the education budget.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said:
“This is a desperate attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes.
“Instead of providing the £4bn of extra funding promised in their manifesto, the Conservatives are recycling cash from the education budget. It is robbing Peter to pay Paul.
“Schools are still facing cuts to their budgets once inflation and increasing class sizes are taken into account.
“Children only get one go at education. We need to invest more in our schools to ensure that no child is left behind.”