Conservative pledges 2017

Claim/pledge 1

‘Record – and fair- funding for schools’

(The Conservative Manifesto, 2017, p4)

Evidence/ data check

Claim/pledge 2

‘While we will make funding fairer over the course of the parliament, we will make sure that no school has its budget cut as a result of the new formula. We will increase the overall schools budget by £4 billion by 2022, representing more than a real terms increase for every year of the parliament. We will continue to protect the Pupil Premium to support those who need it.’

(The Conservative Manifesto, 2017, p51)

Evidence/ data check


BBC News Education. (2017). Reality Check: Is education spending at a record level? Available at [23 May 2017]

Britton, J. and Sibieta, L. (2017). Labour’s Proposed Boost to Education Spending. Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at [23 May 2017]

Conservative Manifesto. (2017). Available at  [23 May 2017]

Crawford, C., Greaves, E. and Farquharson, C. (2016). Breakfast clubs work their magic in disadvantaged English schools. Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at  [23 May 2017]

Dearden, L. and Farquharson, C. (2017). Free school meals for all primary pupils: Projections from a pilot. Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at  [23 May 2017] 

Nye, Philip. (2017). Can free breakfasts for all primary pupils really be delivered for £60m? Education Data Lab. Available at [24 May 2017]

Vaughan, F. (2017). Tory £4bn spending pledge ‘will mean 3% cut to school budgets’. i News. Available at [23 May 2017]

Whittaker, F. (2017). Conservative manifesto: Infant lunches scrapped, but schools get £4bn. Schools Week. Available at  [23 May 2017]