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Long-Run Trends in School Spending in England

Chris Belfield and Luke Sibieta

The government has committed to freezing school spending per pupil in cash terms in England up to 2019–20. It has also committed to introducing a national funding formula for schools in England from 2017 onwards. In this report, we provide historical context for these changes by showing how spending per pupil has evolved since the 1970s – comparisons that were previously unavailable. We also provide the first estimates of total school spending received across different cohorts over time and the variation within individual cohorts.

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IFS Programme Director, Luke Sibieta, is giving evidence on school funding to the House of Commons select committee on 31 January. Nick Gibb MP, Minister for School Standards, and Tom Goldman, Director of Education Funding at the DfE, give evidence along representatives of the Institute for Fiscal ...
Luke Sibieta discusses the potential implications of this radical change to the school funding system and set the changes in a proper historical context by illustrating how spending has varied across different groups of schools and area over the last thirty years.
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School spending in England has become increasingly targeted at schools with pupils from poorer backgrounds over the past 20 years. As a result, spending per pupil in 2013–14 amongst the 20% of secondary schools with the poorest pupils was £1,800 more than spending per pupil in the richest 20% ...