The Tory government’s £1 billion deal with the DUP could have paid for at least one extra teacher for every secondary school across the UK, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Official figures show there are 4,169 state-funded secondary schools in the UK and that the average cost of employing a teacher is £44,500. This means if the additional £1bn had been distributed evenly among the UK’s schools, each would receive £240,000, enough to hire one additional teacher over the next five years.
“When it comes to the Tories clinging to power, it seems the magic money tree does exist after all. This simply won’t wash with parents in Sevenoaks seeing their schools lay off teachers as a result of crippling cuts. The Conservatives must start investing more in our schools and not just on keeping Theresa May in Downing Street,” said Alan Bullion.