ASCL comment on IFS research showing school spending per pupil set to remain below 2009 levels

02/09/2021
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the publication of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing school spending per pupil in England fell by 9% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2019-20. 
 
Commenting on the publication of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing school spending per pupil in England fell by 9% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2019-20, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:
 
“This research clearly shows that the additional £7.1 billion being put into schools by the government isn’t enough to reverse the cuts of the preceding decade and that its approach has failed to adequately support schools in disadvantaged areas. This completely undermines its claims to be ‘levelling up’ when this is manifestly not the case.
 
“It also needs to be remembered that this analysis covers schools, and that the situation is even more desperate in 16-19 education.
 
“The IFS concluded in its 2020 annual report on education spending in England that further education colleges and sixth forms have seen the largest falls in per-pupil funding of any sector of the education system since 2010–11. Funding per student in further education and sixth-form colleges fell by 12% in real terms between 2010–11 and 2019–20, while funding per student in school sixth forms fell by 23%.
 
“The government must invest more in our schools and colleges and it has to ensure that funding is put on a more sustainable footing in the future. Education recovery funding needs to be in addition to this so that leaders are able to target additional support to students as needed, and it needs to be substantially more than has so far been committed by the government.”