He reveals some reasons for the failure of Labour’s five education secretaries to produce results
(despite a 53% real increase in their budget since 1997). His main findings are:
- Internationally, there is no correlation between performance in reading and maths, and per pupil spending.
- A lot of funding has gone into reducing class sizes, but international comparisons suggest that small classes make no meaningful
difference to learning.
- Teacher salaries have increased but bureaucracy is putting them off, with the number of vacancies as a proportion of available positions staying at a similar level to 9 years ago.
- Money has been pumped into quangos (such as the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Learning and Skills
Council) with little to show for it.
focused its massive influx of funding on these things, the quality of British
education could have been transformed over the last decade.