As part of our External Seminar series in which academics present their work to NIESR staff and special guests, on Thursday 9th April we will have Luke Sibieta (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London) discussing work he did on the distribution of school funding and inputs in England, and we would be pleased for you to attend.
School funding per pupil increased substantially between 1999-00 and 2012-13 in England. It also became more varied across schools with higher levels of funds targeted at deprived pupils. Real-terms increases in funding per pupil were much larger for the most deprived primary and secondary schools (83% and 93%, respectively) as compared with the least deprived primary and secondary schools (56% and 59%). In this paper, the author decomposes these increases in funding per pupil into the amount explained by quantities of different types of staff per pupil, their price and changes in non-staffing costs. The author finds that some of these increases in funding per pupil translated into larger numbers of teachers per pupil and a higher real-terms cost per teacher (about 20-30% of the increase in funding per pupil). However, a much larger portion of the increases in funding can be accounted for by higher levels and increased variation in the use of teaching assistants (largely lower skilled staff), other non-teaching staff and non-staff inputs (such as learning resources, professional services and energy). Furthermore, there is also evidence to suggest that differences in expenditure between more deprived and less deprived schools are smaller than differences in funding, with more deprived secondary schools running slightly larger surpluses. Increased use of non-teaching staff was partly an intended policy shift by policymakers at the time. However, the author argues that the scale of the changes in inputs are more likely to reflect rigidities, the flexibility of contracts and the timing of funding allocations.
To RSVP and for Seminar Enquiries:
Email: l.pieri [at] niesr.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7654 1931
Speaker: Luke Sibieta (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University College London)
Date: Thursday 9th April 2015
Time: 12.00pm-1.15pm, followed by a light lunch
Venue: NIESR, 2 Dean Trench St, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE