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Asked if there were any plans to help schools who would be told they would no longer get money from Building Schools for the Future, the PMS said that it was important to remember that before this government came in there had already been a substantial reduction in capital spending programmed in, so we were already expecting it to fall by approximately 50% in the coming years. What hadn’t happened was an announcement on which particular projects would be affected, and that’s what we were now doing.

Asked about the Prime Minister’s interview at the weekend when he said he was terrified of living in London in terms of secondary school choice, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had been empathising with the issues that many parents faced in terms of whether or not there was a decent local school they could send their children to. The government was committed to a range of reforms to drive up standards, increase choice and increase the diversity of provision for schools.

Put that the Prime Minister’s comments could be seen as an insult to schools in London, the PMS said that the Prime Minister had been reflecting what a lot of parents were saying, and that he empathised with them.

Asked what the Prime Minister thought of the outgoing chair of Ofsted’s remarks that all schools should have a useless teacher, the PMS said that the Prime Minister thought we needed good teachers, and that we should give more power to those good teachers so that they could run schools better.

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