Commenting on the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ second annual report on education spending, published today, Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said:

“This IFS report confirms our belief that the additional money announced in the Spending Round is insufficient. They point out that even after the Spending Round, schools still have to cope with an unprecedented 13-year long funding squeeze.

“Importantly, the report, like last year’s, draws attention to the crisis in 16-19 education which still needs an additional £1bn a year to deal with even greater cuts in that sector.

“The report also demonstrates the Government’s priorities. Funding has been removed from policies that helped reduce inequality and helped children overcome adversity. These services have been reduced to the point where all they do is fulfil minimum legal duties.”

ENDS