Commenting on the Institute for Fiscal Studies report highlighting cuts to education spending over the last decade, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
“This analysis provides a grim indictment of the government’s record on education spending over the course of the past decade. It is a pretty dreadful legacy to have presided over cuts to education which are without precedent in post-war UK history. And it is clear that the government’s efforts to ‘level up’ require more action and less rhetoric, with deprived schools seeing larger cuts over this period than the least deprived schools.
“Extra investment in education since 2020 and that announced in the recent spending review is welcome and represents a significant step in the right direction, but it will not be enough to repair this damage, with special educational needs and post-16 provision in particular under huge financial pressure.
“The government must match its mantra about ‘levelling up’ with long-term, strategic and sustainable investment in schools, colleges, children and young people.”
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