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News | Published September 19 2019

Investment in schools to reach same level as 2009

Current government plans to invest in schools could be sufficient to reverse previous cuts, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

According to their report, the spending plan would serve to return the level of funding to the 2009 level.

The think tank has stated it would be more appropriate to think of the investment in schools as a "13-year real-terms freeze".

In the new budget, announced by Sajid Javid, the government announced plans to invest an additional £7.1 billion by 2022.

Boris Johnson, the prime minister, stated that the investment was to "ensure all young people get the best possible start in life".

He continued "That means the right funding.”

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, stated that the funding "provides a sober assessment of the government's hyped-up announcements over education funding".

The increase in funding is significant after a decade of budget decreases.

The government has also promised to pay an additional £1.5 billion per year for the pensions of teachers.

Financial analysts have suggested that the funding indicates an "unprecedented period without growth", noting that funding is now no higher than a decade ago.

West Sussex head, Jules White, who has coordinated a number of funding protests, notes that she is on a "high state of alert" as to the practical implications of this move.

The Department of Education stated that this investment marked the "biggest cash boost for a decade" and would aid "productivity, improves social mobility and equips children and adults with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed".

According to the BBC, a doctored advert was placed on Facebook by the Conservative Party claiming the size of the investment to be double what it actually is. It has since been removed.

Luke Sibieta, of the IFS, stated that "Presenting figures in this misleading way is never useful. It's also totally unnecessary in this case, as the actual funding uplift will be genuinely substantial."


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