School spending to remain lower than in 2010 with poorest areas suffering biggest cuts
- According to an Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) think tank study, school spending per pupil in England will remain lower than in 2010 following a decade of education budget cuts.
- The government has committed an extra £7.1bn funding for schools in England for 2022-2023 after cuts in real term spending per pupil over the past decade were not reversed.
- The study also showed that disadvantaged pupils in the poorest parts of England have suffered from the biggest cuts over the decade and are receiving the smallest increase in extra spending.
- Funding allocated for the most privileged schools will increase by 8 to 9 per cent between 2017–18 and 2022–23 compared to 5 per cent for the most deprived schools.
- Concerns remain over post-Covid catch-up funding, as schools in England outstripped most European countries in length of closure during the pandemic.
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