Schools crisis – what schools crisis?

This is the lead item on BBC News Education just now. It’s a report about the ex Headmaster of Eton suggesting that private schools should offer free flights as a ‘thankyou’ to parents. This, presumably, is the most important education story in the United Kingdom right now in the view of the BBC.
Meanwhile The Independent details the report of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee which is heavily critical of Government spending priorities that it cites as wasteful, poor value for taxpayers money and ‘incoherent’. Amongst numerous examples of a severe funding crisis in state education it documents that: 85 per cent of schools are known to have asbestos in their buildings, there will be a 6.5% real-terms cut in spending per pupil between 2015-16 and 2019–20. The report paints a damning picture of huge disparities in funding between un-needed free schools which duplicate existing provision and local authority schools which are being starved of resources.

Strangely, this scathing Parliamentary report features nowhere on the BBC Education page.
Obviously the ‘free flights for private schools kickback’ story is more important.

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