The independent study reveals that education spending grew in real terms in the majority of countries over the seven-year period. In Britain, it rose by more than 30 per cent. But a different comparison, and one highlighted by the EIS, shows education spending fell as a percentage of total spending.
When output falls, the evidence suggests education is protected. "It is important that education does not lose out to other categories of public expenditure nor be allowed to significantly drag behind growth in national income," Coopers Lybrand says.