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Education spending will be 'experienced as a cut'

Issue No. 2073

Education spending in England will rise on average by 2.8 percent a year in real terms between 2007-08 and 2010-11.

Alan Smithers, professor of education at Buckingham University, said the budget for education would be “experienced as a cut” by schools.

He said, “It represents somewhere between a 2.5 percent and 2.8 percent rise after allowing for inflation and in the recent past, 2000-03, the rate of increase was over 7 percent a year, and most recently it has been 4.4 percent.”

The slower growth rate would make it hard for schools to find the money for the various government schemes he said.

“To find money for all that will bear down quite heavily on teachers’ salaries”.

Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said, “I want the chancellor now to announce when he intends to meet the target of raising state education funding to private school levels.

“In order to maintain teaching as an attractive profession there has to be sufficient funding to enable teachers’ salaries to at least keep pace with inflation.”

The spending review did include support for business innovation through the Technology Strategy, amounting to over £1 billion.

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