ASCL comment on IFS report showing school spending per pupil in Northern Ireland is lowest in the UK

22/10/2021
ASCL comment on IFS report showing school spending per pupil in Northern Ireland is lowest in the UK comments on the report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing that school spending per pupil in Northern Ireland was the lowest in the UK and around £1,200 less than in Scotland.
 
Commenting on the report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing that school spending per pupil in Northern Ireland was the lowest in the UK and around £1,200 less than in Scotland, Robert Wilson, Regional Officer at ASCL Northern Ireland, said:
 
The figures in the IFS report come as no surprise. Additional funding received by schools during the pandemic may have masked the true extent of the financial crisis in education and it is abundantly clear there is a chronic shortfall of cash to sustain the current education system. 
 
“The young people of Northern Ireland deserve so much better and need to be at least on an equal footing with their peers across the UK. 
 
“The IFS warned back in 2019 that schools in Northern Ireland had experienced the highest school spending cuts per pupil in the UK over the previous decade, and these new figures reveal that per-pupil funding is now about 3% less than was the case in 2011.
 
“The recently launched Independent Review of Education will need to address the current provision and resourcing of education in Northern Ireland to ensure that it is sustainable, both financially and educationally, and in the best interests of our students.
 
“But, above all, the Northern Ireland Executive needs to show a much higher ambition for our young people by funding them at the level they deserve to give them the same life chances as those elsewhere in the UK.