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Schools: Wakefield

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average class size was in Wakefield local authority area for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available. (289119)

The information requested is shown in the following table:

Average class size in Wakefield local authority area

School type

1997

2008

Primary

28.2

26.2

Secondary

22.2

21.8

Notes: 1. Classes as taught by one teacher on the day of the Census in January. 2. The 1997 figures exclude the three middle schools that existed in Wakefield local authority at that time. 3. In 2008 there were no middle schools in Wakefield local authority. Source: School Census.

More detailed information can be found in the 'Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England (tables B12 and B14)' Statistical First Release:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000786/LATablesWeb.xls

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average spend per head in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Wakefield local authority area was in (i) 1997 and (ii) in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. (289120)

The available information on the average spend per head in primary and secondary schools in Wakefield local authority in 1997 and the last 12 months is shown in the following table:

School based expenditure per pupil in local authority maintained schools in Wakefield in 1997-98 and 2007-08

1997-98

2007-08

Pre-primary and primary education

Secondary education

Primary education

Secondary education

Wakefield

1,560

2,150

3,590

4,340

Notes:

1. School based expenditure includes only expenditure incurred directly by the schools. This includes the pay of teachers and school-based support staff, school premises costs, books and equipment, and certain other supplies and services, less any capital items funded from recurrent spending and income from sales, fees and charges and rents and rates. This excludes the central cost of support services such as home to school transport, local authority administration and the financing of capital expenditure.

2. 1999-2000 saw a change in data source when the data collection moved from the RO1 form collected by the ODPM to the Section 52 form from the DCSF (then DfES). 2002-03 saw a further break in the time series following the introduction of Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) and the associated restructuring of the outturn tables. From 2002-03 school based expenditure is taken from Section 52 Outturn Table A line 51 net current expenditure (NCE). For 2001-02 and earlier years the expenditure is calculated as lines 1 to 12 less lines 29, 30, 35 and 37. This differs from the old Net Institutional Expenditure (NIE) calculation only in the treatment of meals and milk which is no longer excluded and no adjustments for balances are now made. This is taken from Section 52 Outturn Table 3 for 1999-2000 to 2001-02 and from the RO1 form previously.

3. The calculation for 2002-03 onwards is broadly similar to the calculation in previous years.

4. Pupil numbers include only those pupils attending maintained establishments within each sector and are drawn from the DCSF Annual Schools Census adjusted to be on a financial year basis.

5. Expenditure was not distinguished between the pre-primary and primary sectors until the inception of Section 52 for financial year 1999-2000.

6. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10 and in cash terms.