16th March 2016

The Chancellor announced a series of changes which will affect schools in the budget, addressing both structural issues, spending and children’s public health.

George Osborne said that all schools would have to become academies by 2020 or have official plans to do so by 2022.

He also reiterated the Government’s commitment to developing a new national funding formula, including announcing that schools would be able to get transitional funding to ease the change to the new system.

After-school activities would gain extra support – allowing schools to open for longer to provide activities such as sport or arts. The proceeds of a sugar tax on fizzy drinks would also boost sport in primary schools.

Mr Osborne announced that there would also be a new focus on improving school performance in northern England.

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