Tweet The howls of outrage from those more interested in having a stick with which to beat the government than they are in either statistics or education are hardly a surprise. The Lib Dems, in particular, have been obsessed for years with the alleged 'funding gap' between schools in Wales and schools in England (although both Plaid and the Tories have been known to join in from time to time as well).
The lack of information this year can hardly have come as a surprise to anyone, however - not if they'd read beyond the headlines last year, at any rate. Because last year's report (available here) clearly stated:
What happens next year?
If England are able to provide education outturn expenditure for 2010-11 on a comparable basis with the new local authority responsibilities removed then the outturn data could be compared.
The position of comparability of budgets for 2011-12 is not yet clear due to further changes in the way education is funded in England but we will be exploring this with the Department for Communities and Local Government.
I would have hoped that the absence of a meaningless high level comparison of the Welsh average and the English average might lead people to start to concentrate on the substance of the education problems in Wales instead. Hoped, but not expected.
Cardiff University awarded Public Policy Institute contract - I’ve not got much to add the statement below other than it will be interesting to see what impact, if any the new Public Policy Institute that the Welsh Go...
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