New prime minister Liz Truss has appointed Kit Malthouse as her new education secretary, the fourth MP to hold the post this year – and the ninth in eight years.
School leaders have been clear in their warnings this week that there will be unpalatable cuts to front-line educational provision unless urgent action is taken over funding.
Things look stark. The Conservative government had promised by the end of this Parliament to restore per-pupil funding in real-terms to levels last seen in 2010.
However, an analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) now shows that we can expect funding in 2024/25 to be 3% lower than in 2010 thanks to rising costs (Sibieta, 2022).
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