Commenting on the latest school funding data announcements from Government, Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

"We welcome the Government’s belated attempt to show comparable data on school funding. However it is a great pity that the data is only available at a national level for a ten-year comparison when there is so much variation at school and local authority level. The Government have not included their own measure of school costs, which are running significantly ahead of inflation.

“The Government’s school funding website is of very little use to a parent wanting to understand the impact on their child’s school because it only makes a comparison between 2019-20 and 2020-21, and the figures are in cash rather than real terms. When school costs are factored in, 83% of schools will have less per pupil than they did in 2015. If parents want to know the truth about their school’s budget position they should go to the school cuts website not this pale imitation."

ENDS

2021-016-NEU