NFER statement on EPI's effect of falling school rolls report


Thursday 11 April 2024

Commenting on EPI’s School Funding model: Effect of falling school rolls report, NFER Research Director, Jenna Julius, said:

“Today’s new EPI report echoes the insights from NFER analysis which highlighted demographic change is likely to exacerbate the current financial challenges on schools, particularly in the primary sector.

“It is crucial that policymakers proactively plan for the complex system-level change that will be needed to accommodate the anticipated decline in pupil numbers. If not, financial pressures risk impacting on the life-chances of pupils in affected schools.”


Next month, NFER will be publishing new research into how current cost pressures, including falling pupil roles and cost-of-living increases, are impacting on school budgets.