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Secondary Education: Finance

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average amount of funding per student was in comprehensive secondary schools of (a) fewer than 100, (b) 100 to 199, (c) 200 to 299, (d) 300 to 399, (e) 400 to 499, (f) 500 to 599, (g) 600 to 699 and (h) 700 and above in (i) rural and (ii) non rural areas in the most recent year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. (227306)

The revenue funding that local authority maintained secondary schools in England receive (this excludes Academies) 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). Consequently, the amount of money allocated to each secondary school in England depends very much on the individual local authorities’ own policy for funding their schools.

The following table shows the cash terms figures as reported by local authorities as at 14 October 2008.

Children, Schools and Families Financial Data Collection (BUDGET): 2008-09—total budget share plus revenue grants1,2 per pupil3 allocated1 to local authority maintained secondary schools4,5 at the start of the 2008-09 financial year: cash terms figures6 as reported by local authorities as at 14 October 2008

Urban5 local authority maintained secondary schools4

Secondary schools (exc. middle deemed)

Middle deemed secondary schools

All secondary schools (inc. middle deemed)

Number of schools

Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)1,2,3,6

Number of schools

Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)1,2,3,6

Number of schools

Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)1,2,3,6

school size < 100 pupils

0

0

0

100 pupils <= School size < 200 pupils

3

7,830

3

4,570

6

6,180

200 pupils <= School size < 300 pupils

11

6,550

13

4,290

24

5,310

300 pupils <= School size < 400 pupils

28

5,930

34

3,840

62

4,780

400 pupils <= School size < 500 pupils

65

5,710

41

3,600

106

4,900

500 pupils <= School size < 600 pupils

98

5,440

28

3,430

126

5,000

600 pupils <= School size < 700 pupils

164

5,280

17

3,510

181

5,110

school size >= 700 pupils

2,162

4,660

11

4,200

2,173

4,660

Total (all school sizes)

2,531

4,720

147

3,710

2,678

4,690

Rural5 local authority maintained secondary schools6

Secondary schools (exc. middle deemed)

Middle deemed secondary schools

All secondary schools (inc. middle deemed)

Number of schools

Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)1,2,3,6

Number of schools

Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)1,2,3,6

Number of schools

Average budget share plus grants per pupil (£ per pupil)1,2,3,6

school size < 100 pupils

0

1

5,340

1

5,340

100 pupils <= School size < 200 pupils

5

6,890

8

4,850

13

5,710

200 pupils <= School size < 300 pupils

6

5,980

17

4,050

23

4,550

300 pupils <= School size < 400 pupils

16

5,150

19

3,660

35

4,350

400 pupils <= School size < 500 pupils

22

4,900

27

3,540

49

4,160

500 pupils <= School size < 600 pupils

40

4,560

6

3,420

46

4,420

600 pupils <= School size < 700 pupils

50

4,400

4

3,350

54

4,320

school size >= 700 pupils

323

4,280

3

3,670

326

4,280

Total (all school sizes)

462

4,340

85

3,670

547

4,290

1 Budget share plus grants is the combination of the schools individual budget share plus any revenue grants allocated to the school at the start of the financial year. For 2008-09 this comprises of the Total Budget Share plus any School Standards Grant (including personalisation), School Development Grant, Other Standards Fund Allocation, Threshold and Performance Pay and Support for Schools in Financial Difficulty allocated to schools at the start of the 2008-09 financial year. This does not include any capital funding allocated to schools.

2 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 delegating more funding to the individual school.

3 The pupil numbers used to calculate the per pupil amounts and school size are as reported by the local authority on their Section 52 Budget Statement comprising of 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.

4 Figures for secondary schools include any LSC funding and LSC pupils for schools with 6th forms. Excluded from the tables are any secondary schools which were reported as either opening or closing during the 2008-09 financial year.

5 The urban/rural classification is drawn from the Edubase (the DCSF database of educational establishments).

6 Funding figures are rounded to the nearest £10.

Source:

Funding data are drawn from local authorities’ 2008-09 Children, Schools and Families Budget Statements (Table 2) submitted to the DCSF. 5. The urban/rural classification is drawn from the Edubase (the DCSF database of educational establishments).