Within any Autumn Statement or Budget there are always some winners and some losers. A big winner this time around is definitely the infrastructure sector, with over £1Bn of spending announced to improve road and rail within the UK.
But, having faced criticism from teachers, unions, the opposition and even their own party, the government has used the Autumn Statement to continue it's push towards creating new grammar schools, allocating £50m to support their expansion.
Knowing how stretched capital budgets already are within the education sector, it's personally disappointing for me to not see more priority given to our existing school estate.
Responding to the statement, Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "It is disappointing that the Autumn Statement failed to address the severe funding pressures in schools and colleges. "The situation is so serious that some are struggling to deliver a full curriculum, courses are having to be cut and some sixth-forms are closing. "Education is arguably the single most important investment we can make. "It provides the country's intellectual infrastructure, the knowledge and skills which will enable us to remain competitive in a global market."