Funding and efficiency in secondary schools in EnglandDate: 02.09.2019
The DfE calculates a school efficiency metric for all schools - standardised progress compared to standardised per-pupil funding. We consider what make schools efficient by examining school data and find uncomfortable truths which seem to suggest that the policies in place since 2011 have not been having as much impact as we might hope. The research suggests that Boris Johnson's promise to ensure that all secondary schools receive £5k per pupil per year as a minimum will not be an effective way to distribute funding - and we note that the IFS agrees with this observation but for different reasons.
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