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Schools: Finance

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much (a) funding and (b) funding per pupil was provided to (i) academies, (ii) city technology colleges, (iii) grammar schools, (iv) community schools, (v) foundation schools, (vi) voluntary aided schools, (vii) voluntary controlled schools and (viii) specialist schools. (165344)

[holding answer 19 November 2007]: Tables A-C give a breakdown of the available data for the various types of maintained school listed at (iii) to (viii).

Table D gives data for Academies and City Technology Colleges (CTCs). This table is not comparable with the others because Academies and CTCs have academic year budgets, and also receive funding arising from their independent status. For example, they receive funding for VAT liability, and also funding which derives from their responsibility for some expenditure which for maintained schools is met from centrally retained local authority funding. The average level of funding is also high because nearly all pupils at Academies (and all pupils at CTCs) are of secondary age; and Academies mainly serve areas with a high level of pupil deprivation, which itself increases funding levels.

Funding allocated to local authority maintained schools in England at the start of the 2007-08 financial year:Table A: Community/ Community Special/ Foundation/ Foundation Special/ Voluntary Aided/ Voluntary Controlled/ Not known

Type of school1

Number of schools2

Total budget share plus grants allocated to school3,4 (£)

January 2007 pupil count (FTE registered pupils)5

Average total budget share plus grants per pupil allocated to school6 (£)

LEA Nursery School

447

160,940,709

25,365.4

6,340

Community

12,896

18,401,085,366

4,704,071.3

3,910

Community Special

998

1,480,423,242

94,281.2

15,700

Foundation

964

3,185,586,879

765,201.3

4,160

Foundation Special

17

36,790,326

2,612.1

14,080

Voluntary aided

4,299

4,853,247,519

1,272,285.9

3,810

Voluntary controlled

2,671

1,846,729,371

520,140.9

3,550

Not known

26

9,636,293

2,191.9

4,400

Total (all schools)

22,318

29,974,439,705

7,386,150.0

4,060

Table B: Grammar Schools/ Non Grammar Schools/ Not known

Type of school1

Number of schools2

Total budget share plus grants allocated to school3,4 (£)

January 2007 Pupil Count (FTE registered pupils)5

Average total budget share plus grants per pupil allocated to school6 (£)

Grammar Schools

164

654,002,251

156,869.4

4,170

Non Grammar Schools

22,128

29,310,801,161

7,227,088.8

4,060

Not known

26

9,636,293

2,191.9

4,400

Total (all schools)

22,318

29,974,439,705

7,386,150.0

4,060

Table C: Specialist Schools/ Non Specialist Schools/ Not Known

Type of school1

Number of schools2

Total budget share plus grants allocated to school3,4 (£)

January 2007 Pupil Count (FTE registered pupils)5

Average total budget share plus grants per pupil allocated to school6 (£)

Specialist Schools

2,797

12,824,638,071

2,850,667.1

4,500

Non Specialist Schools

19,495

17,140,165,340

4,533,291.1

3,780

Not known

26

9,636,293

2,191.9

4,400

Total (all schools)

22,318

29,974,439,705

7,386,150.0

4,060

1 The school types are drawn from Edubase (the Department’s database of educational establishments) and matched across to the financial data reported on Section 52 Budget to give the figures for each school type. The 26 schools with unknown classifications are those where there is no match between Section 52 and Edubase.

2 Included are all local authority maintained schools in England reported by local authorities on their 2007-08 Section 52 Budget Statement (Table 2). All tables include primary, secondary and special schools.

3 Budget share plus grants is the combination of the school's individual budget share plus any revenue grants allocated to the school at the start of the financial year. For 2007-08 this comprises the Total Budget Share plus any School Standards Grant (including personalisation), School Development Grant, Other Standards Fund Allocation, Devolved School Meals Grant, Targeted School Meals Grant, Threshold and Performance Pay and Support for Schools in Financial Difficulty allocated to the school at the start of the financial year. Financial data are drawn from local authorities’ 2007-08 Section 52 Budget Statements (Table 2) submitted to the DCSF. This does not include any capital funding allocated to schools.

4 The amount of money allocated to a school depends very much on the individual local authorities’ own policy for funding their schools. Different authorities retain varying amounts of funding centrally to spend on behalf of their schools while others chose to give schools more autonomy over how they spend their money by devolving more funding to the individual school.

5 The January 2007 pupil numbers used to calculate the per pupil amounts are as reported by the local authority on their Section 52 Budget Statement comprising the full time equivalent number pupils registered at the school used for the initial determination of the school’s budget share under the local authority’s allocation formula.

6 Per pupil figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and may not sum due to rounding.

Notes:

1. 2007-08 data are subject to change by the local authority.

2. Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 15 November 2007.

Table D: Funding allocated to Academies and CTCs for the Academic year 2007/08

Type of school

Number of schools1

Total revenue funding2 (£)

Pupil numbers3

Average per pupil (£)

Academies

84

446,549,179

78,507

5,688

CTCs

4

27,328,313

5,091

5,368

1 BRIT City College For The Technology Of The Arts is funded as an academy and included as such in the table although its legal status is the same as a CTC.

2 Includes all revenue grants payable by DCSF except start-up grants and earmarked annual grants, which are excluded. School Standards Grant payable in May 2008 is included on an estimated basis. Does not include Standards Fund and SEN funding payable through or by local authorities.

3 Academies are funded on forecast numbers at September 2007; CTCs on agreed pupil numbers related to capacity.