- 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 2004-0 5
- 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.
1 BBC Wales (12 November 2007), ‘Less 'spent on pupils in Wales' [online]. Available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7090168.stm
2 BBC Wales (27 January 2010), ‘Wales-England pupil funding gap 'scandal' [online]. Available at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/8483030.stm
3 BBC Wales (26 January 2011), ‘Wales-England school funding gap is £604 per pupil’ [online]. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-12280492
4 Welsh Government (15 May 2012), ‘Comparisons between England and Wales’ [online]. Available at: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/educationandskills/schoolshome/fundingschools/schoolfunding/faqfunding/faqcomp/?lang=en#named2
5 Welsh Government (29 November 2011), ‘Class Sizes in Primary Schools in Wales: September 2011’ [online]. Available at: http://wales.gov.uk/docs/statistics/2011/111129sdr2202011en.pdf