IFS Annual Report on school funding: Largest cuts to England's schools in 40 years

Commenting on the IFS 'Annual report on education spending in England', Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union said;

"This important report exposes the scale of Government underfunding of education over the last decade. As the report reveals the cuts to English school spending are the largest in over 40 years.

'This is an historic failure of the nations children. It is also striking that despite Government rhetoric of “levelling up” the reverse is true.

It is those schools that serve children from the poorest backgrounds which have had their funding cut the hardest.

'Schools have the enormous challenge of trying to overcome the effects of the pandemic; however, the funding allocated for the National Tutoring Programme are not of a scale to make an impact and the resources allocated to disadvantaged pupils will not address the inequalities widened by the lockdown. Schools have also had to spend considerable sums to mitigate the risk of coronavirus spreading and most schools have received no support for the Government.

'This comprehensive report makes sobering reading and the Government must invest significant sums not just to reverse cuts to education but also to allow schools to cut class sizes which are amongst the highest in Europe. There are now a million children educated in classes with more than 30 pupils in England. 

'Children only get one chance to go to school, a whole generation of pupils have had the whole of their time in school blighted by cuts."

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