Tuesday, May 15, 2007

What happened to 'Education, Education, Education'?

Sean Coughlan, BBC News education reporter, has produced a thorough and interesting analysis of the actions of the Blair government on Education. It is worth a read.

In particular, he highlights the resources which have been poured into education:

Between 1997 and the current academic year, the core "per pupil" funding has risen by 48% in real terms - or £1,450 more per year per child. By the end of next year, it will be a 55% increase.

There are now about 35,000 more teachers than in 1997 - reducing pupil-teacher ratios and class sizes in primary and secondary. Teachers' pay has risen by 18% in real terms, and heads have had a pay hike of 27%.

Another quiet revolution has been the huge increase in support workers, such as teaching assistants - up by 172,000. To put it into context, that's like recruiting an additional workforce that is bigger than the army, navy and air force put together.


  1. Primary school classroom assistants are the best thing to be done in education for a long time...
    Of course, they've been viscerally opposed by most of the unions because they may threaten teacher's power, but for the children and their prospects they are a great thing...

    One of the few things I'll credit the Blair government with...

  2. Fair point. Although they probably didn't follow up on it, wasn't it a Major government idea to have a "mum's army" which presumably was a sort of precursor to the classroom assistant's initiative?