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Give schools the resources they need

Last updated 3 weeks 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 2019 Spending Round (prior to this government’s term) increased investment in schools, but 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, and points out that one-off extra payments for tutoring following loss of learning during COVID-19 lockdown are “modest compared with the likely reductions in skills”.
  • The government is investing in schools, but expert observers have cast doubt on the adequacy of resource provision, so for now this policy is ‘in progress’.

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