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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of school funding per pupil for each primary and secondary school in Yeovil constituency in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09; what the average funding level for all English schools is for each of those years; and if he will make a statement. (227032)

The Department allocates education funding to local authorities so the requested information for Yeovil constituency is not available.

The per pupil revenue funding figures for years 2007-08 to 2008-09 for Somerset local authority and England are provided in the following table. Since 2006-07, the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) is the main source of school funding. As the DSG is distributed through a single guaranteed unit of funding per pupil, a primary/secondary split is not available.

2007-08 DSG plus grants2008-09 DSG plus grantsSomerset4,1304,350England4,5304,690Notes:1. This covers funding through the Dedicated Schools Grant, School Standards Grant, School Standards Grant (Personalisation) and Standards Fund as well as funding from the Learning and Skills Council; it excludes grants which are not allocated at LA level.2. These figures are for all funded pupils aged three to 19.3. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10. Price Base: Cash.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.5. The actual revenue funding that individual schools in England receive via their school budget shares is a matter for individual local authorities to decide locally through their own local funding formulae (subject to satisfying the minimum funding guarantee for schools from 2004-05 onwards). Consequently, the amount of money allocated to each school in England 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 schools.