One teacher branded Hammond's policy a vanity project
Although £216m will go into repairing existing schools, £320m will be spent building free schools, including grammars.
English and History teacher Mr Rushton said: “I think the opening of 110 free schools is a vanity project. State schools are not managing with increasing pressures.
“The money for new schools should be set aside for existing schools – for me the drive to create free schools is worrying and could increase social segregation.”
Of the newly announced T Levels for those youngsters aged 16 to 19, Mr Rushton, who lives in Leeds, West Yorks, felt more positive.
He said: “As T Levels are the equivalent of an A Level, they should encourage some of the brighter children, who are often pushed down the academic route, to take the technical route.”
French and German teacher Miss Garnier agreed there was a “risk of decreasing money in existing schools” by ploughing money into new projects.
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The opening of 110 free schools is a vanity project
Daniel Rushton, teacher
However, she thought the funding for violence against women was a step forward.
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She said: “That’s a good thing but I hope it’s not just ideas with no real substance. It needs to be spent on action – it needs to be constructive and long term.”
As a smoker, Miss Garnier also said she would not have minded had there been a tax increase.
Mr Rushton did praise the introduction of T Levels
She said: “If the extra taxes are put into the NHS, I don’t mind paying more for alcohol or cigarettes.”
There was no change to previously planned upratings of duties on alcohol and tobacco, but a new minimum excise duty will be introduced on cigarettes based on a packet price of £7.35, the Chancellor announced.