£1bn DUP deal could have paid for 13 teachers in Bournemouth

£1bn DUP deal could have paid for 13 teachers in Bournemouth

The government's £1bn deal with the DUP could have paid for at least one extra teacher for every secondary school across the UK, including 13 more teachers in Bournemouth, 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.  

This would have meant an additional £2.88m of spending on schools in Bournemouth, enough to hire 13 teachers, or more than one extra teacher for every secondary school in the area.

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Jon Nicholas, commented:

"The £1 billion Theresa May has spent on her deal with the DUP could have been spent employing 13 extra secondary school teachers in Bournemouth.

"We have highlighted that under Tory school funding plans, Bournemouth could lose over 140 teachers.

"But instead of fairly funding our schools, it seems that when it comes to the Tories clinging to power, the magic money tree does exist after all."

Liberal Democrat spokesperson Phil Dunn, added:

 "As a teacher myself, I know that this simply won't wash with parents in Bournemouth who are seeing our 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."

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