Pupil performance has remained “flat” since the mid-90s despite a sharp increase in investment in the education system, it was revealed.
The respected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) told how the proportion of national wealth spent on schools and colleges soared from 3.6 per cent to 4.5 per cent in 2009 – the sixth highest total in the developed world.
By the time the last Government left office, around £64 billion was being spent on education.
But today’s study revealed that the hike led to “no improvement in student learning outcomes”, with Britain slipping behind many other countries in reading, mathematics and science.
Turning on the tax fire hose doesn\’t actually solve problems. It\’s how you spend money that matters, not how much.
Or, to put it into the English political words, it\’s not resources it\’s the structure.
Another way of putting it is that we should always be interested in the outputs, not the volume of inputs. And a system that can swallow an extra 0.9% of GDP with no change in outputs at all obviously needs a severe restructuring.