Schools still face ‘unprecedented’ funding freeze despite ministers’ £4bn boost, warns IFS

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said the £4.3bn announced for schools by 2022 in the Chancellor’s spending review would “just about reverse” the cuts of 8% in spending per pupil since 2009. Politics Home reports.

The group’s report found that while the £300m earmarked for further education in 2020-21 represented a 4% real-terms increase in spending per student, it remained 7% down on 2010.

Luke Sibieta, co-author of the report and a Research Fellow at the IFS, said: “The extra £300 million for further education and sixth forms provides for a small rise in 2020, but at least a further £1.1 billion would be required to fully reverse cuts since 2010.”

Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, David Hughes, said: “While the Chancellor’s recent spending announcement of £400 million for sixth forms and colleges was welcome and a further £100 million for teachers’ pensions a step in the right direction it must be followed by long-term investment to reverse ten years of continuous cuts and reform.”

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