Labour responds to IFS report on school spending
Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary, responding to a new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies showing the gap in spending per student between state and private schools has doubled over the last decade, said:
“School budgets have been hammered over the last decade which is holding children back. As state school class sizes have soared and enriching activities – art, sport, music, drama – have been cut back, the gap with private schools has grown ever wider.
“Labour’s recovery plan would extend the school day for new activities for all, and by ending private school’s tax exemptions we would invest in state schools with 6,500 new teachers, and careers advice and work experience so every child gets an excellent education which sets them up for life.
“The Conservatives have allowed young people across the state sector to be denied opportunities enjoyed by their peers. It’s time for Ministers to step-up and match Labour’s ambition for all children.”