Cambridge IELTS 8 Test 2 Task 1

The pie charts illustrates the proportion of UK school expenditure in the years 1981, 1991 and 2001. It includes four items to show the changes, there are annual spending of teacher’s salaries, furniture and equipment, resources, other workers’ salaries, and insurance.

Overall, it is clear that the largest proportion of spending was on personnel expenses, which took around 65% of total expenditure in average.

It can be seen that teacher’s pay constituted the largest cost to school, which was 40%, 50% and 45% respectively in 1981, 1991, and 2001. And it was a slightly increase trend. However, another personnel expenses for other workers’ salaries were gradually fell by around 7% each ten years to only 15% in 2001.

UK schools also spent around 30% each year on resources, furniture and equipment. Resources such as books provided 15% of total spending in 1981 has increased to 20% in 1991 then dropped significantly to only 9% in 2001. In contrast, there was an opposite trend for furniture and equipment. In 1991, money spent on equipment cost school only 5% in total by 10% decrease in 1981. And there was a largest growth to 23% of whole school budget by 2001. Likely, insurance cost has increased in all three years, growing from 2% to 8% by 2001.


Hi Luna, where did you find this task? I mean what is the point of discussing how much the British government spent on education decades ago when they have been struggling with the Brexit mess for more than three years now? The pie charts you are referencing are no longer relevant.

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