The Guardian is reporting a leading thinktank’s warning that schools in England are facing the first real-terms cuts to their funding since the mid-1990s.
Spending per pupil is to fall 6.5% by 2019-20, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), although it added that school funding had been well protected over the past two decades.
Sixth-formers have been facing a continuing squeeze on budgets, with spending per further education (FE) student falling by 6.7% between 2010-11 and 2015-16 and a further drop of 6.5% expected over the next few years. It means that funding for 16- to 18-year-olds is no higher than it was almost 30 years ago.
The IFS study examines education spending for different age groups – from early years to universities – over a number of years.
It found that the biggest spending increases over the past 20 years have been on schoolchildren in England, with £4,900 currently spent on each primary school pupil and £6,300 spent per secondary student. In both cases, this is around double, in real terms, the amount spent in the mid-1990s.
But the report shows that school spending is now falling and will drop by 6.5% over the course of this parliament. “This will be the first time schools have seen real-terms cuts in spending per pupil since the mid-1990s,” it says.
So, this seems to support the dire warnings coming from schools and unions. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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