Follow The Money: Where to find data on education spending

If you’re interested in following spending in a particular area of education a good place to start is The site, which looks at public spending, has a section devoted to education.

This is further split by sector:

  • Secondary and further
  • University
  • Education admin
  • Extra education services
  • Pre-school & Primary
  • Misc education
  • Education research
  • Post-secondary
  • Unknown

If you want help finding data you can use the forums to ask others. There’s also the OpenSpending mailing list where you can ask questions and follow developments in public spending data more generally.

What we don’t know

If you can help find out, please let me know in the comments or by emailing

About Paul Bradshaw

Founder of Help Me Investigate. I'm a visiting professor at City University London's School of Journalism, and run an MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. I publish the Online Journalism Blog, and am the co-author of the Online Journalism Handbook and Magazine Editing (3rd edition). I have a particular interest in Freedom of Information and data journalism.
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