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Between 2010 – 2017 total spending per pupil fell by around 8%. Education is the only long term guarantee for our society.

Expensive projects and Government waste should be reduced in order to prioritise the education budget. The Government has said that school funding is at “record levels”. This is correct in terms of how many pounds are in the budget, but inflation and increasing pupil numbers mean per-pupil funding has fallen since 2015. It is also right that simply increasing spending is not the only part of the solution – far more needs to be done to address the links between schools and social services teams, along with the need for inputs for partner agencies. New technology can assist with this process, but funding levels will always be a key factor.

New funding reforms will in principle allocate the available funding more consistently through a National Funding Formula (NFF). The NFF won’t change the size of the  schools budget, but will mean some schools get more funding, and some schools get less.

Here’s 10 things you need to know about School funding:

  1. Total school spending rose by 1% between 2009/10 and 2017/18 but pupil numbers have risen by 10%.
  2. Spending on 6th form pupils has been cut by 25% between 2009/10 and 2017/18.
  3. Local authority spending has been cut by 55% between 2009/10 and 2017/18.
  4. In 2017/18 the spend per pupil was around £5870.
  5. Since 2017/18, the fall in funding is believed to have flattened out.
  6. Funding between 2017/18 and 2019/20 is still lower than what it was in 2015.
  7. The new National Funding Formula will bring in change that means some schools will receive more funding, whilst others receive less. This will be rolled out from 2020/21 onwards.
  8. The new reforms aim to make the system more transparent, more uniform and use a more up to date assessment.
  9. The school budget for 2017/18 was £39 billion.
  10. The £39 billion equates to 58% of the total government spend on education.

Sources:

https://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/13143

https://fullfact.org/education/spending-schools-england/

https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/publications/comms/R126.pdf

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