Policy paper

Review of efficiency in the schools system

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This review aims to better understand the relationship between how a school allocates its budget and the results it achieves.



Schools spend a lot of public money every year, and how they spend it has a profound impact on pupils’ achievement and future prospects. An efficient school or education system is central to the country’s future prosperity.

This review was undertaken to try to understand how schools spend the money they have available. In particular, to find out what the best schools do to ensure they are making the most of their money, and how to apply those lessons to the sector as a whole.