more money is going into education, though I think, from More or Less on Radio four, the money going into education included university tuition fees paid by students/parents/loan.
statistics can be manipulated. there is total spend on education total money given to schools amount per pupil all could be different and tell a different story. each party will poick the statistic that best suits their viewpoint.
eg amount per pupil could be going down whereas total amount on schools is increasing as there are lots more pupils.
But actually manipulated figures or not, I know for a fact that there isn't enough money going into schools.
Amongst a whole host of other issues, financially we have schools that will not survive. A quality education cannot be provided with the funds that do come to schools.
For small schools it is even more tricky. A two class school in a rural location may only have 20 pupils per class, but still needs two teachers, support staff and a building. Head teachers are already shared but that doesn't plug enough financially.
LA's have nothing left, no surplus to shore up schools (unless an academy, DfE /RSC decision making to put in large non disclosed sums). There really is a mess out there, a really bleak picture.
We are facing around an 8% reduction in what we get per pupil, plus the impact of pay rises, living wage rises, rising bills, teachers going up the pay scales and the cost of everything going up. So we are getting a reduction in what is coming to us AND having to spend a considerable amount more than last year. We are fucked, quite frankly.
Were schools able to concentrate on their core purpose, teaching, there would be plenty of money. The reality is that too many people expect the school to act as policeman, social worker, mental health worker, marriage guidance counsellor, the list goes on and on. On this site for example schools are expected to waste time on spats caused by children being given access to social media by parents who then wonder why it all goes wrong. Free schools of the extraneous rubbish and the money will be enough, when I was teaching anything beyond my subject wasn't my concern, I didn't breed them!
According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, total school spending per pupil in England has fallen by about 8% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18.
The NEU compared the schools block funding allocations for 2017-18 and 2018-19 and found that a quarter of primary schools (25%) and one in six secondary schools (17%) either received no cash increase or suffered an actual cut to their funding