Education spending pressures and challenges

This project aims to provide three high profile annual reports in 2018, 2019 and 2020. These reports will deliver clear, up-to-date and impartial analyses of spending across each phase of education, from pre-school through primary and secondary to further and higher education. In doing so key issues and challenges will be raised and discussed.

Providing unbiased figures and analysis is crucial in today’s environment given the combination of unprecedented pressure on spending and large changes in established funding systems. The annual reports will provide the ingredients for improved policy decisions and public debate on education spending.

The project team will build upon the findings of earlier work examining the shape of public spending on education which provided policy makers, researchers and educators with a consistent picture of spending across each stage of education, including per student data and longer term trends. The annual reports will provide more detailed analyses with each report including a dedicated focus on one phase of education for example further education and higher education.  These special features will be underpinned by in-depth pieces of research and synthesis.