Scottish schools ‘spend £540 less per pupil’ than five years ago

The Scotsman is reporting on recent claims that Scottish schools have reduced spending by £540 per pupil since 2010-2011. 

The new figures, published in The Times, were compiled by independent Scottish parliament researchers.

It has led to calls that school budgets, set to be announced by the SNP on Thursday, should be reversed and more funds put into education.

Statistics last week showed academic performance of 15-year-olds in Scotland has declined. Opposition MSPs blame spending cuts and reduction of staff on the fall in standards.

Kezia Dugdale, Scottish Labour leader, said: “On Thursday the SNP must not use the declining performance as political cover to justify centralising school budgets and support. That will not fix this. Nicola Sturgeon and her finance secretary Derek Mackay should halt these damaging plans and instead use the parliament’s powers to invest in our schools, ensuring they have enough teachers and support staff to reverse this decline.” 

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