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Schools Secretary calls for TV debate on education

Schools secretary Ed Balls has called for a live TV debate on education policy in the run-up to this year’s general election.

In an article for the Guardian yesterday, Mr Balls challenged education leaders in the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties to an on-air battle.

He wrote: “I will ask my opposite numbers to agree dates, and will propose that we invite parents, teachers, governors and pupils – the people who will be affected directly by the election choice – to ask the questions.”

Schools capital spending is likely to come under pressure after the election, as the victorious party looks to cut the national debt.

The future of the £55 billion Building Schools for the Future scheme to rebuild and refurbish secondary schools across England could well feature in any policy debate.