Financial Times, 8th July 1998, p. 8
Mr Blunkett, appearing before the Select Committee on Education, confirmed that 4.7% of gross domestic product was spent on education. The Conservative government spent 4.9% in the pre-election year. Headteachers are also urging the government to reform the system of schools funding which is at present grossly unfair, with some schools paid more per pupil than others, depending on their Local Education Authority.
(See also Independent, 8th July 1998, p. 10)
Guardian, 16th July 1998, p. 11; Financial Times, 16th July 1998 p. 1 + 13; Daily Telegraph, 16th July 1998, p. 1; Times, 16th July 1998, p. 1
Extra money allocated to education in the Comprehensive Spending Review will be allocated to expansion of nursery education and playgroups to raise the proportion of three year olds in education from 34% to 66%, to doubling capital investment in new buildings and equipment to £1,650 million in 2001/2, to doubling funds available for cutting class sizes for 5-7 year olds, providing more than 2,000 extra classrooms and 6,000 extra teachers, and to adding £535 million to next years budget for higher and further education. Targets for improving literacy and numeracy, reducing truancy and improving GCSE results are to be delivered by 2002. Money will be released for specific purposes, not given to education authorities to spend at discretion.