IFS research – school funding increases in England targeted at most deprived & led to particularly large increases in non-teaching staff

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) is publishing an Observation article today by IFS researcher Luke Sibieta on schools funding since the millennium, the scale of the spending increases and the areas on which the new resources have been spent. It is connected to a new IFS working paper which is also published today.

The research shows that school funding per pupil in England has increased substantially since the millennium. More dramatic than the average increase in funding was the increased focus on deprived schools over the 2000s. This trend started well before the pupil premium was introduced in 2010.

New IFS research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, shows that some of these additional resources were spent on hiring additional teachers. But a much larger amount went on higher numbers of teaching assistants, other non-teaching and non-staff expenditures.

The full Observation article is below and can be found on the IFS website at http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/7644

The working paper is available at: http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications/7645

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