“We know that real-terms funding per pupil is increasing across the system”
This is not true, according to the IFS.
In cash terms, the average funding per pupil is rising, but in real terms (i.e. accounting for inflation) it will be flat for the next two years.
The Department for Education told us: “As the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has confirmed, its published analysis shows that school funding has increased significantly in real terms per pupil since the 1990s. Source here (page 18 – figure 3.1)”
The Department added: “the IFS is clear that schools have seen significant real terms per pupil increases in funding over the long-term, and per pupil funding is being maintained in real terms between 2017-18 and 2019-20. Source here”
Chris Belfield co-wrote both of the IFS papers that the Department for Education cited in their response. We put Damian Hinds’ claim that “real-terms funding per pupil is increasing” to him.
He told FactCheck: “This is not true. The additional £1.3 billion of funding announced in July 2017 (£900 million for 2018-19 and £400 million for 2019-20) will mean that average funding per pupil will be roughly constant in real terms over the next two years.”