Estimated school budget cuts double to 8%

Tes is reporting that school funding has been cut by 8 per cent since the Conservatives came to power, a new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies reveals.

The respected think tank had previously said that by 2017 school spending per pupil had fallen by 4 per cent, compared to 2010 levels. 

But the earlier analysis only looked at money that goes directly to schools, and not at cuts to other school services funded out of separate local authority pots – such as home-to-school transport and additional support for pupils with special educational needs.

Now, for the first time, the IFS has looked at per-pupil spending trends if cuts to local authorities and school sixth forms are taken into account.

The analysis also shows that school funding has fallen faster in England than in Wales, which has seen 5 per cent cuts between 2009-10 and 2017-18.

Angela Rayner MP, Labour’s shadow education secretary, said: “This research reveals that government funding for school sixth forms has gone down by a quarter since the Conservatives came to power, and even as the sector reaches crisis point, they will not receive a penny of the extra funding for T-Levels.”

Education secretary Damian Hinds has resisted demands from teachers and headteachers to publicly lobby for more school funding.

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