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Will Keir Starmer really hire 6,500 more teachers?

16 June 2024

9:26 PM

16 June 2024

9:26 PM

Perhaps Keir Starmer’s only solid election pledge is to use the money from VAT on private school fees to ‘hire 6,500 more teachers’ over five years. But how solid is this pledge? And what’s the context?

There are 530,000 teachers, so if the 6,500 were to be hired tomorrow, it would increase the headcount by just 1.3

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