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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the funding was per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in the Bath and North East Somerset council area in each year from 1995-96 to 2006-07. (149902)

The revenue funding figures per pupil aged 3-10 and 11-15 for Bath and North East Somerset local authority for years 1997-98 to 2005-06 are given in the following table. Comparable figures are not available for 1995-96 to 1996-97.

Primary (3 to 10-year-olds)

Secondary (11 to 15-year-olds)

1997-98

2,230

3,020

1998-99

2,350

3,100

1999-2000

2,510

3,260

2000-01

2,710

3,500

2001-02

2,850

3,610

2002-03

2,900

3,680

2003-04

3,070

3,800

2004-05

3,140

3,950

2005-06

3,360

4,140

Notes:

1. Price base: Real terms at 2005-06 prices, based on gross domestic product deflators as at 27 September 2006.

2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of standard spending assessment/education formula spending settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EFS.

3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DCSF departmental expenditure limits relevant to pupils aged 3-10 and 11-15, and exclude education maintenance allowances and grants not allocated at local education authority level

4. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations plus PLASC 3-year-old maintained pupils and estimated 3 to 4-year-olds funded through state support in maintained and other educational institutions where these are not included in the SSA pupil numbers.

5. Founding: figures are rounded to the nearest £10.

6. Status: some of the grant allocations have not been finalised, if these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.

The revenue per pupil figures shown in the following table are taken from the dedicated schools grant that was introduced in April 2006. They are in cash terms. They are not comparable with those for the years 1997-98 to 2005-06 because the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded.

The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on education formula spending that formed the education part of the local government finance settlement, plus various grants. This was an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education rather than what they spent. In addition, the DSG has a different coverage to EFS. EFS comprised a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG covers only the school block. LEA block items are still funded through DCLG’s local government finance settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. Consequently, there is a break in the Department’s time series as the two sets of data are not comparable. An alternative time series is currently under development.

To provide a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, the Department has isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06; as described above this does not represent the totality of ‘education’ funding in that year. As the DSG is just a mechanism for distributing funding there is not a primary/secondary split available. The figures are for all funded pupils aged 3-15.

Figures2005-06DSG baseline plus grants3,9932006-07DSG plus grants4,235 Notes:1.The revenue funding per pupil figures only run to 2005-06 because we cannot provide a consistent time series beyond that year as the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded. The 1997-98 to 2005-06 figures are based on EFS, which formed the education part of the local government finance settlement, plus various grants. This was an assessment of what local authorities needed to fund education rather than what they spent. In 2006-07 funding for schools changed with the introduction of the DSG which is based largely on an authority’s previous spending,2. In addition, DSG has a different coverage to EFS: EFS comprised a schools block and an LEA block (to cover LEA central functions) whereas DSG only covers the school block. LEA block items are still funded through DCLG’s local government finance settlement but education items cannot be separately identified. This means we have a break in our time series as the two sets of data are not comparable, an alternative time series is currently under development.3. To provide a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, we have isolated the schools block equivalent funding in 2005-06; as described above this does not represent the totality of ‘education’ funding in that year.4. Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.