State schools in England have suffered their worst decline in funding since the 1980s, with secondary schools and those in the most deprived areas the worst affected by the era of austerity, according to analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
The decline that began after the Conservative-led coalition government took office in 2010 is so deep, the additional £7bn pledged by the current government will not be enough to reverse the cuts by 2023, leaving school spending 1% lower than in 2009-10, the IFS notes.
Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said the research exposed the scale of government underfunding of education over the past decade and the largest cuts to school spending in more than 40 years.
“This is a historic failure of the nation’s children. It is also striking that despite government rhetoric of ‘levelling