School spending predicted to fall by at least seven per cent by 2019/20

Current school spending per-pupil is set to fall by “at least seven per cent” in real terms between now and 2019/20, experts have predicted.

A report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) says that this would be the largest fall over any period since the late 1970s.

However, due to “substantial growth” in the 2000s, spending in 2019/20 would still be 50 per cent higher than in 2000/01.

The analysis is included in the report Long-Run Trends in School Spending in England. It finds that the growth in school funding during the 2000s came to an end in 2011/12, “with average school spending per-pupil largely frozen in real terms between 2011/12 and 2015/16”.

It continues: “Over the current Parliament, the government has committed to freezing school spending per-pupil in cash terms.

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