A headteachers’ conference in Teeside cost £18,000 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Evening Gazette report:

HEADTEACHERS on Teesside are still spending thousands of pounds on luxury hotel getaways despite pressure on school budgets, the Evening Gazette can reveal.

Schools in Redcar and Cleveland blew almost £18,000 on a single annual two-day headteachers’ conference in October last year in a move branded “appalling” by campaigners the Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Heads were treated to an overnight stay at the plush four-star Redworth Hall Hotel in County Durham – even though it is just an hour’s drive from Redcar.

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