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Give schools the resources they need

Last updated 4 months ago

A Conservative Government will give the public services the resources they need, supporting [...] our schools.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.7

Our verdict

  • This is a commitment to support schools by providing the resources they require to carry out their functions.
  • The 2020 annual report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that spending per pupil by the end of the period up to 2022-23 will be no higher in real terms than in 2009-10. The November 2020 Spending Review, was viewed negatively by many in the schools sector, described as “missed opportunities to provide support for the essential work of schools”; teaching unions have challenged the government over its failure to provide sufficient resources (for example, laptops) for schools during the coronavirus pandemic, and they say the March 2021 Budget “provided schools with no new resources to manage coronavirus”.
  • The government continues to invest in schools, but expert observers have cast doubt on the adequacy of resource provision, and teaching unions have even resorted to legal action because schools lack “the resources they need”.  The situation might improve, but current evidence points to this policy being ‘broken’.

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