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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 485: debated on Monday 8 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average funding per pupil was for maintained (a) secondary and (b) primary school pupils in the latest period for which figures are available. (240641)

The per pupil revenue funding figures as an England average for 2008-09 are shown in the following table. In 2008-09 the majority of funding is distributed via the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). 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 provided in real and cash terms:


DSG plus grants (3 to 19-year-olds) (£)





The latest period for which a primary/secondary split is available is 2005-06, these are provided in the following table. Prior to the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07, the Education Formula Spending (EFS) was used to allocate funding. Notional amounts for primary and secondary pupils were allocated in the EFS.

The figures for 2005-06 are not comparable to 2008-09 because the introduction of the DSG fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded. The Education Formula Spending (EFS) 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.

The per pupil revenue funding figures for 2005-06 are shown in the following table and are taken from the EFS. The figures are provided on real and cash terms.



Primary pupils (3 to 10-year-olds)

Secondary pupils (11 to 15-year-olds)