School Cuts Coalition stands by figures challenged by Deputy Chair of Conservative Party

18 January 2019

James Cleverly, the Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party, has complained to the UK Statistics Authority about the figures on the School Cuts website. We stand by those figures.

In his reply to Mr Cleverly, Sir David Norgrove confirms that the UK Statistics Authority was “able to replicate the high-level figures given by the School Cuts website.” In this, the UK Statistics Authority echo the past verdict of the IFS.

The UK Statistics Authority is concerned that some readers might believe that all of these cuts are yet to happen. We are happy to clarify: the clear facts are that 91% of schools will experience real-terms cuts between 2015 and 2020. Some of those cuts have already happened, some are yet to come. All of them are damaging to children’s education.

The UK Statistics Authority is also concerned that users of the website might not understand that some schools with rising pupil numbers will receive more cash. Again, we acknowledge the simple truth that schools with more children require more funding to provide the same level of education. Our website makes clear that per-pupil funding has been cut, and that in 91% of schools per-pupil funding will be lower in 2020 than in 2015. Even those schools with rising pupil numbers will be required to do more with less.

We will be updating School Cuts shortly with the latest figures from Government. The release will look at the period 2015/16 to 2018/19 to show the scale of the cuts that have taken place since the Government made the manifesto commitment to “protect school funding” in 2015.