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Schools: Standards

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL5511, tabled on 21 February 2017

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to ensure that school spending choices do not put educational outcomes at risk.

Answered on

1 March 2017

We want schools to have the resources they need so that every child has access to an education that fulfils their potential. We have protected the core schools budget in real terms overall. This year, it is the largest ever on record, totalling over £40 billion.

Evidence shows that high quality teaching is the most important school based determinant of pupil outcomes. We have published Workforce Planning Guidance to support schools to plan over the longer term, as part of regular school improvement, curriculum and financial planning. This is to help ensure that schools are always investing in the right mix of staff, and in high quality professional development, to deliver excellent pupil outcomes. This guidance is available, along with other tools to support schools to improve their financial health and efficiency at:

We have also published a Schools’ Buying strategy to help schools maximise savings from their £10 billion of non-staff spend. This means schools can invest more of their resources in the classroom, making even more of a difference to the children that need it most.