Do free school meals improve how well children do in school?
Evidence on how universal free school meals affect attainment is mixed. Research has found that universal free school meals do appear to improve primary school educational attainment. However, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why and most projects have included more than just providing meals.
Free school meals and educational performance
A pilot programme rolling out free school meals for all primary school pupils in certain areas had promising results, although researchers say it’s not conclusive.
Experts agree school funding is falling per-pupil
The Institute for Fiscal Studies, National Audit Office, Education Policy Institute and Public Accounts Committee all agree that real per-pupil spending in schools will be reduced in the next few years.
Schools funding: a manifesto breach?
The Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition clash over whether the budget for English schools has been cut.
Spending on schools up to 2020
You can look at the schools budget in terms of the actual cash that’s being spent, the value of that cash after prices have risen, and how it divides per pupil.
Schools will have less to spend per pupil by 2020
The National Audit Office has said that although overall spending on schools will increase between 2014/15 and 2019/20, increasing pupil numbers and staff costs mean they will need to spend 8% less per pupil.
Few pupils are both at grammar schools and on free school meals
It’s correct that grammar school pupils entitled to free school meals are one in a thousand.
School spending: up or down?
As teachers walk out, we investigate whether the schools budget is being cut or not.
Are sixth forms and further education colleges better funded?
David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn clashed in Parliament on what’s been happening to funding for further education colleges and sixth forms.
16-19 education saw the largest fall in education spending over the last Parliament
An analysis of the claim by the Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell that the Conservatives have overseen the deepest cuts to post-16 education ever.
Free school meals for infants: questions remain on impact
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to "Extend free school meals to all children in primary education as resources allow and following a full evaluation of free meals for infants". We don't know yet what impact the policy is having.
School places: more money and better results?
In the midst of the row over free school funding, we take a look at some of the claims being made.