The Institute for Fiscal Studies has published its annual report on education spending in England. The report finds that education spending is the second-largest area of public service spending in the UK, behind health. It represents £91 billion in 2018-19 or 4.2% of national income. The total spending per pupil in England has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2019-20 and Scotland has the highest per pupil spending, followed by England, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively. The report finds that one of the biggest pressures facing schools and local authorities is spending on high needs or people with SEND with the number of SEN or EHC plans rising by 14% from 220,000 in January 2016 to 250,000 in January 2019.
The report can be found in full, here.