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Schools: Finance

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) what progress has been made towards the target set in the 2006 Budget to bring state school funding per pupil up to the private school level; and if he will make a statement; (149113)

(2) by what date he expects to reach the target of raising spending on pupils in English state schools to the equivalent level in the private education sector; and if he will make a statement.

Total funding per pupil in the maintained sector was £4,800 in 2005-08, compared with our estimate of £8,000 per pupil in the independent sector. As set out in Budget 2006, the Government aim—over time, and adjusting for inflation—to increase levels of funding to that level. The comprehensive spending review settlement for education announced in Budget 2007 allows the Government to take a significant further step towards this ambition—with total per pupil revenue and capital funding rising from under £2,500 in 1997-98 to £5,550 in 2007-08 and £6,600 in 2010-11. Progress over future spending reviews will depend on the Government’s fiscal position; demographic change; and progress by schools in continuing to deliver improvements in results and wider support for parents and pupils.