How will the Spending Review affect education?

Part of my role at CASCAiD is to keep up to date with the latest news and policies.  This is often focused on education and employment.  Keeping up to date allows CASCAiD to react quickly and effectively to changes in the market.

On the 20th October, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the coalition government’s Spending Review.  This provided details on what funding public services will have from 2011-2015.  The Spending Review fixes the budget of each government department, including Innovation, Business and Skills (BIS), Communities and Local Government, and the Department for Education.  Probably the best place to gain an overview of the Spending Review is the BBC’s ‘Spending Review 2010: key points at-a-glance’ web page.

My particular interest in the Spending Review has been education.  In comparison to a number of other areas, education has escaped relatively cut-free.  Although five education quangos have been axed and spending on school buildings is to fall by 60%, direct funding to schools is to be protected.

This will rise 0.1% in real terms each year, from £35bn to £39bn.  As part of these reforms, there will be a removal of ring-fenced budgets, allowing schools to spend money where it is most needed.  Other education news included raising the participation age to 18, allowing the allocation of Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) to be spent on more targeted services.

I believe it has been very important to protect funding to schools, helping to ensure that young people are given the best education available.  I do, however, believe that it is important to be cost-effective.

One method of reducing overheads in a school without reducing the quality of education is to deliver lessons using online software resources.  Many customers of CASCAiD comment on the benefits of using its online software.  One major benefit is that the school’s software licence allows pupils to use the resource from anywhere with internet access.  This allows for use outside of the classroom; this can reduce the strain on staff resource, without affecting the quality of education.

I am interested to hear your views on the Spending Review and its effects on education.  What teaching methods do you feel are most effective, without compromising the quality of education?

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