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UK Inflation Leaves Schools Slipping Behind on Spending Target

  • Real per-pupil spending set to be 3% lower than in 2010
  • IFS says cut makes it harder to deliver ‘levelling up’ agenda

The UK is no longer on track to meet its schools-spending target, dealing a further blow to government hopes of closing the opportunity gap between richer and poorer parts of the country.

The warning comes in an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which says soaring inflation means current spending plans are insufficient to meet the cost pressures facing schools in England beyond this year.