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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the funding allocation per (a) secondary and (b) primary school pupil was in each local authority area in the East of England in each of the last five years. (289396)

The per pupil revenue funding figures for primary and secondary schools pupils for East of England local authorities in 2004-05 and 2005-06 are as follows. These figures are in real terms:

Real terms revenue funding—EFS plus grants

£

Primary pupils (3-10 years)

Secondary pupils (11-15 years)

2004-05

2005-06

2004-05

2005-06

Bedfordshire

3,637

3,861

4,624

4,809

Luton

4,122

4,379

5,260

5,484

Cambridgeshire

3,616

3,829

4,456

4,641

Peterborough

3,931

4,157

4,935

5,138

Essex

3,735

3,922

4,708

4,845

Southend-on-Sea

3,806

4,005

4,854

5,035

Thurrock

3,997

4,134

5,225

5,287

Hertfordshire

3,663

3,828

4,627

4,738

Norfolk

3,697

3,919

4,547

4,709

Suffolk

3,495

3,696

4,397

4,545

Notes: 1. Price Base: Real terms at 2008-09 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 30 June 2009. 2. Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of Education Formula Spending (EFS) settlements and include the pensions transfer to EFS. 3. Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 3-15 and exclude education maintenance allowances (EMAs) and grants not allocated at LEA level. 4. The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the EFS settlement calculations. 5. Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest £10. 6. Status: Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.

The revenue per pupil figures shown in the following table are taken from the new Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG). They are not comparable with those for the years 2004-05 to 2005-06 because the introduction of the DSG in 2006-07 fundamentally changed how local authorities are funded.

The 2004-05 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. An alternative time series is currently under development.

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 (baseline) to 2008-09 for East of England local authorities are provided in the following table.

The figures for 2009-10 are not currently available as figures for grants at a local authority level are still in the process of being finalised. The figures for 2009-10 will be available later in the financial year.

As the DSG is a mechanism for distributing funding, a split between primary and secondary schools is not available. The figures below are for all funded pupils aged 3-19 and are in real terms:

Real terms revenue funding—DSG plus grants

£

All pupils (3-19 years)

2005-061

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Bedfordshire

4,073

4,189

4,338

4,413

Luton

4,523

4,716

4,906

4,957

Cambridgeshire

3,932

4,059

4,201

4,281

Peterborough

4,392

4,533

4,684

4,790

Essex

4,117

4,228

4,382

4,447

Southend-on-Sea

4,328

4,445

4579

4,624

Thurrock

4,270

4,477

4,655

4,699

Hertfordshire

4,144

4,234

4,382

4,504

Norfolk

4,090

4,192

4,348

4,405

Suffolk

3,957

4,080

4,249

4,323

1 Baseline.

Notes: 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. Price Base: Real terms at 2008-09 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 30 June 2009. 3. These figures are for all funded pupils aged 3-19. 4. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10. 5. Some of the grant allocations have not been finalised. If these do change, the effect on the funding figures is expected to be minimal.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average expenditure per pupil was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Dacorum (i) in 1997 and (ii) the last 12 month period for which figures are available. (289442)

Figures are not available for Dacorum borough council as data are collected at top tier local authority level. The available information on the average expenditure per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Hertfordshire local authority is shown in the following table:

1997-982007-08

Pre-primary and primary education

Secondary education

Primary education

Secondary education

England

1,740

2,360

3,580

4,620

Hertfordshire

1,760

2,520

3,310

4,490

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 ROI form collected by the CLG to the Section 52 form from the DCSF. 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 R01 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. Spending in 1997-98 reflects the transfer of monies from local government to central government for the nursery vouchers scheme. These were returned to local government from 1998-99.

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

7. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10 and cash terms figures.