Older teenagers face biggest funding cuts

Older teenagers face biggest funding cuts


Older teenagers have been the biggest losers as spending on sixth forms and further education has been "continually squeezed" for 25 years, says a report.

Spending on 16 to 18-year-olds has faced cuts too often while education spending overall has risen, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies. 

However, government plans mean schools as a whole face "real-terms cuts for the first time in 20 years", it adds. 

Ministers say they will protect further education until 2019-20 in cash terms. 

According to the IFS, the last 30 years as a whole have seen increased spending per pupil for most age groups, and particularly for nursery age children. 

But spending on 16 to 18 education has been "a notable exception".

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