SCHOOL protesters are furious at a minister’s promise of extra cash being given to schools in the next two years.

Brighton-based campaign group Save Our Schools (SOS) hit back at Education Secretary Justine Greening’s claim that an additional £1.3 billion would be made available – and issued a statement in the form of her school report saying she needs to “show her working out”.

Ms Greening made the statement to MPs in the House of Commons earlier this week in response to SOS’s protesting, which most recently took the campaigners to Downing Street.

She told the Commons that the “significant investment” would help “raise standards, promote social mobility and to give every child the best possible education”.

SOS co-founder Alison Ali was not impressed by Ms Greening. Ms Ali said: “There is no new money – they are lying and recycling money from cuts that have already been made to education.

“This is a cynical attempt to quell us from protesting in response to the work we have been doing.

“The Government has acknowledged our protests but has not actually responded.”

The Conservatives say a new minimum per pupil funding limit will be set in secondary schools, equating to £4,800 per pupil.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) says the extra money is more generous than promised in the Conservative manifesto – and will freeze average school budgets until 2019. The IFS also says school budgets will have declined in real terms by 4.6 per cent.

In an official SOS statement, it took a swipe at Ms Greening in a school report-type response.

It said: “Justine has found addressing the issue of school funding this year quite challenging.

“Her listening skills have improved and she has developed an understanding that schools need more money.

“Justine has not achieved ‘maths mastery’. She needs to show her working out – in particular what her numbers mean when divided by increasing numbers of pupils and demonstrating where the money might come from.

“Overall, her work requires improvement and she will need to work hard next term to meet parent and teacher expectations.

“We now know this falls far short of what is needed, but please all congratulate yourselves – you have at least made Government acknowledge that schools are underfunded.”

However, Geoff Barton, leader of the ASCL headteachers’ union, said it was a “step in the right direction”.