Sixth forms hit by 21 per cent fall in spending since 2010

Sixth-form per-student spending has dropped dramatically over the past eight years, while schools as a whole are spending eight per cent less per-pupil. Pete Henshaw reports

Per-student spending in school sixth forms has fallen by 21 per cent in real-terms since its peak in 2010/11 and is lower than at any point since 2002/03.

Further education spending per student has also fallen by eight per cent in real-terms.

The figures are included in the first annual report on education spending in England, which has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation and compiled by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).

The report concludes that 16 to 18 education has been the “big loser” in education spending changes over the last 25 years.

For schools, the report reveals that total school spending per pupil has fallen by eight per cent in real-terms between 2009/10 and 2017/18. It says this has been driven by a 55 per cent cut to local authority spending on services and the 21 per cent cut to sixth form funding.

Register now, read forever

Thank you for visiting SecEd and reading some of our content for professionals in secondary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcast

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday and Thursday


Already have an account? Sign in here

Related articles