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Independent Schools (Maintained Places)

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science which local authorities bought places at independent schools and paid for pupils to attend them during 1977–78 and 1978–79; how many students were involved; and what were the costs of providing such schooling to local authorities.

Using their powers under the Education Acts, local education authorities supported a total of 21,346 non-handicapped pupils and 7,362 handicapped pupils at independent schools in the academic year 1977–78. Corresponding figures for 1978–79 are not yet available. Information as to the costs for independent school placements alone are not readily available. However, for all non-maintained schools, including former direct grant schools and non-maintained special schools, the total number of students was 74,888 and according to provisional outturn figures, the expenditure by local education authorities in the financial year 1977–78 on the support of pupils in all such non-maintained schools was at November 1977 prices £41·7 million for non-handicapped pupils, of which approximately £18·5 million was for pupils in former direct grant schools, and £47·5 million for handicapped pupils. The number of pupils supported by each local education authority was as follows:

Number of pupils
Local education authorityNon-handicappedHandicapped
GREATER LONDON
Barking459
Barnet185120
Bexley11028
Brent512104
Bromley51283
Croydon639115
Ealing16979
Enfield15562
Haringey21131
Harrow24173
Havering2326
Hillingdon15148
Hounslow9673
Kingston27767
Merton6126
Newham4030
Redbridge4769
Richmond66069
Sutton8174
Waltham Forest217
ILEA177291

Number of pupils

Local education authority

Non-handicapped

Handicapped

Birmingham8926
Coventry2014
Dudley428
Sandwell79
Solihull12126
Walsall159
Wolverhampton269
MERSEYSIDE
Knowsley12
Liverpool1011
St. Helens2924
Sefton4144
Wirral36384
GREATER MANCHESTER
Bolton2851
Bury1422
Manchester12665
Oldham2227
Rochdale4916
Salford386
Stockport572
Tameside6135
Trafford93512
Wigan238
SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Barnsley5
Doncaster115
Rotherham5
Sheffield323
WEST YORKSHIRE
Bradford1748
Calderdale510
Kirklees514
Leeds5274
Wakefield312
TYNE AND WEAR
Gateshead12415
Newcastle31530
North Tyneside282
South Tyneside69
Sunderland3
Isles of Scilly3
Avon237236
Bedfordshire303118
Berkshire1,163236
Buckinghamshire106152
Cambridgeshire13994
Cheshire2,71243
Cleveland4340
Cornwall3152
Cumbria5556
Derbyshire29132
Devon133272
Dorset662230
Durham3714
East Sussex233236
Essex239187
Gloucestershire460129
Hampshire1,267469
Hereford and Worcester310112
Hertfordshire423245
Humberside71101
Isle of Wight1216
Kent890339

Number of pupils

Local education authority

Non-handicapped

Handicapped

Lancashire566183
Leicestershire8472
Lincolnshire5049
Norfolk32034
North Yorkshire21920
Northamptonshire1439
Northumberland3712
Nottinghamshire16977
Oxfordshire316168
Salop43
Somerset688107
Staffordshire7991
Suffolk44677
Surrey559246
Warwickshire33692
West Sussex65105
Wiltshire212169
TOTAL ENGLAND21,3467,362