- Figures released in January 2007 highlighted that £350 less was spent per pupil in Wales compared with England.1 By January 2010 that gap had risen to £527 per pupil.2
- The most recent figures available, published in 2011, showed that the per-pupil funding gap between England and Wales had risen to £604.3
- No figures have been released since this date as the Welsh Government’s chief statistician determined comparisons were no longer able to be made.4
- A 2010 report by the Wales Audit Office noted that Welsh Schools were not fit for purpose.
- Schools have had to use the pupil premium to plug the gaps caused by funding pressures elsewhere so this money simply gets subsumed into the rest of their budget.
- A significant impact of the underfunding of Welsh school has been a rise in class sizes. The percentage of Welsh pupils in infant and junior classes over 30 has steadily risen since 2004-05
- Continuing pressures mean that Welsh schools must find in-year budget cuts amounting to millions.
- NUT Cymru has been leading the campaign to ensure greater funding for Welsh schools. This campaign is focused on reducing class sizes; ensuring greater access to resources; safer and more modern buildings and higher provisions of CPD for teachers.
See the extent to which your local school in Wales is missing out here: http://www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/