The amount spent on textbooks and teaching equipment in Essex’s secondary schools has dropped by more than 30% in the last five years, it has emerged.

Figures show the amount spent per pupil in Essex County Council-maintained schools has fallen from £228 in 2012-13 to £153 in 2016-17.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) said schools were increasingly asking parents for contributions.

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