Per pupil funding has fallen significantly, research reveals

Research has shown that today’s schools have, on average, been allocated less per pupil in real terms compared to previous years.

The figures, published by the School Cuts coalition, show that schools received an average of £4,630 per pupil in 2018/19 – £59 less than what they received in 2017/18.

Alarmingly, this is on average £369 less per pupil when compared to 2015/16.

The coalition, which features some of the UK’s leading school bodies, said schools are in “much greater difficulty than previously thought”.

It said that schools have to buy new textbooks, fund extra curricula activities, budget for building repairs and pay teacher and support staff pay rises even though they have significantly less cash than last year.

The figures show that schools require an additional £2.7 billion a year to restore per-pupil funding to its 2015/16 level.

Commenting on the report, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: “These stark figures show the dire reality of the funding crisis in our schools.

“What they don’t show is the human cost – the reduced opportunities for students as schools are forced to cut subjects and activities, increase class sizes and scale back learning and mental health support.”

Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, added: “It is no wonder that schools are increasingly struggling to provide pupils with basic essentials and having to ask parents to fill the gap.”

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