School funding in your area

Government funding has failed to keep pace with growing classroom size

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The government regularly claims to be spending record amounts on schools. However the increase in school funding has failed to keep pace with classroom size. In fact Total school spending per pupil has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2017–18.

Camborne, Redruth and Hayle constituency has seen the steepest cut in funding per pupil of 8.2%, followed by North Cornwall constituency of 8 percent.

Funding per student aged 16–18 has seen the biggest squeeze of all stages of education for young people in recent years.

School sixth forms have faced budget cuts of 21% per student since their peak in 2010–11, while further education and sixth-form college funding per student has fallen by about 8% over the same period

(both above points taken from House of Commons Library Briefing Paper
7 November 2018:
School Funding in England FAQ

Spurious government claims about more funding for schools have been highlighted by three teaching unions and the Office of National Statistics.

In a letter to the Education Secretary Damian Hinds, the Office of National Statistics  accused the government of ‘misrepresenting changes in school funding’  and that “school spending figures were exaggerated by using a truncated axis, and by not adjusting for per pupil spend”.


House of Commons Library Briefing Paper
7 November 2018: School Funding in England FAQ

House of Commons Constituency Data dashboard

Press release National Education Union

Letter from Office of National Statistics

Despite these criticisms, the government continues to bandy around questionable statistics that experts take issue with

Its recent announcement of a £14bn in primary and secondary education between now and 2022/23 has been criticised by Robert Cuffe, head of  BBC statistics as lacking credibility.