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PATTEN WINS FUNDS FOR INSPECTIONS AND OPT OUTS

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Education Secretary John Patten emerged as a significant victor in the public expenditure round, with an increase i...
Education Secretary John Patten emerged as a significant victor in the public expenditure round, with an increase in the budget for the education department and the Office of Standards for Education of 6.8%, the FT reports (p27).

Total spending will be £10.487 billion, an increase of £670 million on 1993-94.

But most funds will be funnelled into Ofsted - which was set up last year and plans to inspect all schools at least once every four years - and into grant maintained schools which opt out of council control.

Ofsted spending on inspections will more than double in real terms over the next three years. Central government spending on opt out schools will increase from £157m in the current year to £595m in 1996-97, to cover a hoped for surge in the numbers of opt out schools.
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