“There can only ever be one Margaret Thatcher,” the Prime Minister recently told Vogue magazine. “I’m Theresa May. I do things my way.” That might be the case, but the results of Theresa’s way are beginning to look very familiar.
A new report published today by the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies on the current Tory government’s school funding plan finds:
“School funding per pupil has been frozen in cash terms between 2015–16 and 2019–20, resulting in a real-terms cut of 6.5%. This would be the largest cut in school spending per pupil over a four-year period since at least the early 1980s and would return school spending per pupil to about the same real-terms level as it was in 2010–11.”
The authors point out that these figures aren’t even taking into account the new “protracted cuts” expected from the Government’s new national school funding formula.
Their analysis warns that, in the short term, the reform “diverts funding away from schools with the most deprived student population.”
And after transitional protections end in 2020, the current plan would mean around 1000 English schools will received 7% less in per-pupil funding than today.
The report also points out that the reason school funding levels remain relatively high is because of a certain break in Tory government. It says:
“Coming on the back of a very significant increase during the 2000s, school spending per pupil is still relatively high in historical terms, being over 70% higher in real terms than in 1990–91.”
It’ll be the milk next…