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Student Funding

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average amount of funding per student is in comprehensive secondary schools of (a) fewer than 100, (b) 100-199, (c) 200-299, (d) 300-399, (e) 400-499, (f) 500-599, (g) 600-700 and (h) over 700 students in (i) rural areas and (ii) non-rural areas in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (85948)

The available information is contained within the following table:

Comprehensive secondary budgeted expenditure1 per pupil2 in urban and rural schools3 by school size in England during the 2006-07 financial year.

Size of school

3Urban schools

3Rural schools

(a) less than 100 pupils

4,790

(b) 100 up to, but not including, 200

4,700

6,340

(c) 200 up to, but not including, 300

5,580

5,830

(d) 300 up to, but not including, 400

5,150

4,320

(e) 400 up to, but not including, 500

4,990

4,220

(f) 500 up to, but not including, 600

4,790

3,990

(g) 600 up to, but not including, 700

4,590

3,810

(h) 700 and above

4,120

3,830

All school sizes

4,170

3,850

1 Budgeted expenditure includes total budget share plus Schools Standards Grant, School Development Grant, Other Standards Fund Allocation, Devolved School Means grant, Threshold and performance pay and Support for schools in financial difficulty. This excludes the central cost of support services such as home to school transport, local authority administration and the financing of capital expenditure. This is drawn from the 2006-07 Section 52 Budget Statement (Table 2). Schools that are proposed to close according to Edubase (the DfES database of educational establishments) in the 2006-07 financial year have been excluded.

2 Pupil numbers are taken from Table 2 of Section 52 Budget, FTE Pupils (including LSC pupils).

3 The urban/rural classification is drawn from the Edubase.

4 No schools.

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 13 July 2006.

2. Data remain provisional and are subject to change by local authorities.