All's not fair in the bidding war

13th November 1998 at 00:00
David Blunkett promised an extra pound;20 billion for education. A TES survey shows who has profited so far.

IN the 18 months since being elected to power, Labour has promised more than pound;20 billion extra for education by 2001. But ministers haven't just given local authorities the cash; they have made them bid for almost pound;1 billion so far.

Councils have done so with varying degrees of success. They now have to compete against each other for cash to reduce the size of primary classes, for school repairs and even to get rid of outside toilets.

They must also bid for money for the National Literacy Strategy, for education action zones, and the National Grid for Learning.

Today The TES analyses just how every local authority has fared. We have looked at all the money won by schools and authorities since last year's general election and compared it with pupil rolls for January 1997.

We list the main winners and losers, and contrast the different experiences of two north London boroughs, Barnet and Enfield.

Barnet comes in at No 8 in the top 40 rankings of councils, with pound;151.30 per pupil, while its neighbour languishes at No 3 in the bottom 40, with a mere pound;42 per pupil since the election.

Clare Dean and Frances Rafferty Research by Jon Slater

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now