The government’s education funding figures need context
Figures given by the Department for Education about the amount of weekly funding for schools do not give the full picture.
Some children with no recourse to public funds are eligible for free school meals
A question at PMQs by Labour MP Stephen Timms suggested this wasn’t the case. Free school meal eligibility has been temporarily extended to some of these children.
State spending isn’t at a record high when you consider the size of the economy
Public spending amounts to around 40% of the size of the economy. It’s been smaller before. It’s also been bigger before.
Is schools spending going to be at record levels?
Schools spending is not rising by record levels once you account for inflation and pupil numbers.
Is £14 billion being spent on education?
By 2022/23 the government aims to spend £4.3 billion more on education, once you account for inflation, than in 2019/20.
BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
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Government school spending figures: correct but misleading
The government picked out a number of figures on education spending which, while correct, mask the fact that schools spending has been falling in real terms in England.
Are grammar schools facing a crisis of funding?
English grammar schools received around £700 less state funding per pupil than other state schools in 2016/17.
Sure Start, school building and tuition fees: the Conservative and Coalition record
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Spending on schools in England
Real-terms per pupil funding for schools stayed at roughly the same level from 2010/11 to 2015/16, and fell after that. Since 2017/18 it has flattened out.