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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average funding per primary school pupil was in (a) England and (b) Somerset in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2007-08; and what real term change this represented. (234690)

[holding answer 10 November 2008]: The per pupil revenue funding figures for primary schools pupils and for all funded pupils for England and Somerset local authority in 1997-98 and 2005-06 are as follows. Figures for 1996-97 are not available on a comparison basis. These figures are in real terms:

England

Somerset

Primary pupils (3-10 years)

1997-98

2,615

2,469

2005-06

3,999

3,672

Percentage increase from 1997-98 to 2005-06

52.9

48.7

All pupils (3-19 years)

1997-98

3,185

2,974

2005-06

4,485

4,100

Percentage increase from 1997-98 to 2005-06

40.8

37.9

The revenue per pupil figures shown in the following table are taken from the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) which was introduced in April 2006. 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 (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. The DSG is based largely on an authority’s previous spending. 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 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. Consequently, there is a break in the Department’s time series as the two sets of data are not comparable.

To provide a comparison for 2006-07 DSG, the Department 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. The per pupil revenue funding figures for years 2005-06 to 2008-09 for England and Somerset local authority are provided in the following table. As the DSG is a mechanism for distributing funding, a split between primary and secondary schools is not available. The following figures are for all funded pupils aged 3-19 and are in real terms:

England

Somerset

All pupils (3-19 years)

2005-06 DSG baseline plus grants

4,233

3,890

2008-09 DSG plus grants

4,695

4,221

Percentage increase from 2005-06 to 2008-09

10.9

8.5

Note:

Price Base: Real terms at 2007-08 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 30 September 2008.