Education Secretary Nicky Morgan is gaining a reputation for mishandling statistics
. And this won’t be improved by her knowing the 12-times tables which, according, to Morgan, will push English children up the PISA rankings
But the mishandling reached new levels of daftness on BBC’s Question Time on Thursday*.
Morgan was defending the cut in education funding in real terms under a future Tory Government. But schools WILL get more money, she said, because pupil numbers were rising. If a school had more children then it would get more money. Therefore, the amount of funding in that school would rise. It would have more money to spend.
But this ignores the fact that the money available to spend on each child will not rise. In real terms, it will fall.
Morgan wasn’t alone in making this silly statement. David Cameron said the same thing in his recent speech
‘The cash sum that follows your child into the school will not be cut. Because the number of children going to school is going up, this has an implication that means that in cash terms the schools budget is going to be rising.’
He didn’t seem to realise he was contradicting another statement when he admitted per-pupil spending would go down.
So, don’t worry, parents. When your child’s school admits more children, class sizes rise and the amount spent on your child goes down, it won’t matter because your school’s budget will go up because, er, the school’s got more children.
*Watch it here
(no time limit – the programme will remain in the archives for at least five years – programmes are available from 2010). The education question starts at 22.11 minutes into the programme.