The year’s report presents a similar picture to that of 2018/19, with the headline finding being that there has been an 8% reduction in per pupil education spending from 2009 to 2019/20, with the bulk of this comprising of a 57% reduction in funding for Local Authority (LA) services and a 20% reduction in 16-19 budgets. The findings also show that, of all 16-19 providers, school sixth forms have been hit the hardest - with a 23% real-term cut in their budget between 2010/11 and 2018/19.
The IFS suggest that the additional £4.3 billion for the 2022/23 school budget proposed by the government represents an overall 7.4% real-term growth, therefore nearly “revers[ing] the cuts of 8% seen since 2009–10”. Nevertheless, the report does also suggest that this will leave per pupil spending at roughly the same level as in 2009/10 and that “no real-terms growth in spending per pupil over 13 years represents a large squeeze by historical standards”.
The ISF also suggest that the £300 million promised for school sixth forms and sixth form colleges will “still leave spending per student over 7% below its level in 2010–11 in colleges and over 20% below in sixth forms”. The IFS calculate that an additional £1.1 billion is needed to restore 16-19 budgets to 2010/11 levels.