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IFS research (2018) – Post 2010 spending down 8 per cent

school spendingBetween 2009-10 and 2017-18, total school spending per pupil in England fell by about 8% in real terms, which compares with about 5% in Wales. The greater cuts in England are driven by a combination of a greater fall in spending by local authorities and school sixth form spending alongside faster growth in pupil numbers. As a result, the gap in school spending per pupil between England and Wales has been virtually eliminated. These are the main findings of new work by IFS researchers, which will be presented today in Cardiff at the Wales Public Services 2025 Conference.

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