Articles from Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Severe squeeze on further education and sixth-form funding in England

Funding for 16- to 18-year-olds and for general further education has been cut much more sharply than funding for schools, pre-school or higher education.

Deaton Review: Are the inequalities seen today a sign of a broken system?

Today (14 May) the IFS formally launches the most comprehensive scientific analysis of inequalities yet attempted.

Focus on 3 million apprentices by 2020 leads to policies aimed at quantity, rather than quality

The government has made a commitment to 3 million new apprentices in England between 2015 and 2020. This target, contained first in the Conservative Party 2015 General Election manifesto, and subsequently enacted in law in 2016, is front and centre of the government’s plan to boost skills and productivity.

Sector response to IFS report findings that funding per FE student, no higher than 30 years ago!

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has released a report looking at comparisons of spending per pupil across different stages of education.

Creative arts degrees cost taxpayers 30% more than engineering degrees

The current system of funding undergraduate education means that costs to government are highest for subjects where graduates earn the least, and lowest for subjects where they earn the most, is the findings of the report ‘Where is the money going? Estimating government spending on different university degrees’ published today (6 Mar) by Jack Britton, Laura van der Erve, Neil Shephard and Chris Belfield, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Women who go to university earn 50% more than those that don't

Attending university increases women’s earnings at age 29 by 26% and men’s by 6%: but this varies hugely by degree choice and prior attainment of students.

Historical skew towards the rich in education spending finally at an end

Children from richer families used to benefit much more from public spending on education than did those from poorer backgrounds.

Why don’t more girls study maths and physics?

A study published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that girls achieving top grades in science and maths at GCSE are deterred from continuing to a higher level with such subjects, including physics, because they are affected by low confidence and an absence of peers in the classroom.

IFS warns education spending to fall at record rates

Public spending in education in the UK is falling at record rates, according to a recent report.

FE and sixth forms to suffer from 30 years without additional funding

School funding is in the headlines again as the government tries to rationalise the current system. This rationalisation is long overdue but it is happening at a time when funding is tighter than at any time over the last 30 years. The inevitable result is that some schools will lose out. But the bigger story over the longer term is that schools have done rather well in terms of funding per pupil. Spending on sixth forms and further education, by contrast, has been continually squeezed. Spending per pupil in school is set to be at least 70% higher in 2020 than it was in 1990. Spending per pupil in sixth forms and FE is set to be no higher at all than it was in 1990.

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