March 26th, 2015

School spending per pupil in England protected to date; cuts of 7% or more possible in next parliament

Overall current or day-to-day school spending in England has been remarkably well protected under the coalition government. Between 2010–11 and 2014–15, there has been a 0.6% real-terms increase in current spending per pupil, though capital spending has been cut by over one third in real-terms. Over the next parliament, current spending on schools could be squeezed harder.

March 25th

Older people value apprenticeships but training quality must improve says new report

The first piece of major research on adult apprentices in this country, carried out by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has found that 45% of all apprentices are 25 and over, with 3,000 taken by the over 60s in 2012/13.

The study, Does apprenticeship work for adults? looks at the key factors that motivate employers to provide adult apprenticeships as part of their workforce planning and the views and experiences of adults on training schemes.

March 20th

School funding increases in England targeted at most deprived and led to particularly large increases in non-teaching staff

School funding per pupil in England has increased substantially since the millennium. More dramatic than the average increase in funding was the increased focus on deprived schools over the 2000s. This trend started well before the pupil premium was introduced in 2010.

March 16th

March 12th

Unequal legacy of crisis leaves young with economic mountain to climb

People in their twenties have been the worst affected by the economic crisis despite higher qualifications than any earlier generation, according to a comprehensive LSE analysis of what has happened to inequalities in qualifications, employment, pay, incomes and wealth since 2007.

March 11th

Early years education and childcare - new report and funding programme

The Nuffield Foundation has published a report on early years education and childcare and launched a new funding programme designed to address the evidence gaps in this key area of public policy.  

March 6th

Sharpest cuts to local government spending in poorer areas

The spending power of local authorities in England has been cut substantially during this parliament. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that local authorities’ spending per person has been cut by 23.4% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2014–15, using a comparable definition of net spending on services over time by single-tier and county councils.

March 4th

Average income back to around pre-recession level after historically slow recovery in living standards

New IFS projections suggest median (middle) household income in 2014–15 is at around the same level as it was in 2007–08 before the recession, though still more than 2% below its 2009–10 peak. But the recovery in living standards that began in 2011–12 has been much slower than after the three previous recessions, with median income growing by less than 2% between 2011–12 and 2014–15. 

February 27th

Child maintenance policy at odds with public opinion

Findings from the first in-depth study of the British public’s views about the child maintenance obligations of parents who do not live with their children show that most people believe the government should set and enforce child maintenance payments, and should require higher payments than those set by the current statutory formula.

February 19th

Delaying children’s school entry linked to poor academic performance

Delaying school entry could cause poorer academic performance, according to new research from the University of Warwick and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Many parents are keen to hold their children back a year if they were born prematurely or in the summer months. They argue their child will not be mature enough to start school and previous research has suggested children who are born more than three weeks before their due date would benefit from starting school a year later than those who were born at full-term.