The cuts in education spending since 2010 have sharply widened the funding gap between public and private schools. Institute for Fiscal Research Found. Changes in per-student funding quickly diverged after the last Labor government left office in 2010 and was replaced by a coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats that cut school spending as part of their austerity program. Only 7 percent children in the UK attend private schools.
Since then, funding for public schools per student has fallen sharply compared to 2004. In 2010, funding for public schools per student was 29 percent higher than in 2004. In 2021, by contrast, it was only 15 percent higher (compared to over 50 percent in the private sector). This represents a 14 percentage point reduction in funding for public schools per student between 2010 and 2021.
As a consequence, the gap between the average funding for private and public schools per student has widened from 39 percent in 2009-10 to 90 percent today.