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Schools: Finance

Volume 502: debated on Monday 7 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average funding per capita was for (a) urban areas and (b) rural areas under dedicated schools grant in the latest period for which figures are available. (301516)

The latest figures available are shown in the following table below (2007-08). Figures for 2008-09 are still to be collected and validated by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Combined local authority and school-based expenditure per pupil,1 2007-08: Cash terms figures as reported by local authorities in England as at 23 November 20092,3

Total combined LEA and school-based expenditure1 (£ per pupil)



Predominantly urban local authorities2


Predominantly rural local authorities2


1. Combined local authority and school-based expenditure includes all expenditure on the education of children in local authority maintained establishments and pupils educated by the authority other than in maintained establishments. This includes both school-based expenditure and all elements of central LA expenditure except youth and community and capital expenditure from revenue (CERA). Certain elements of central local authority expenditure cannot be attributed to a particular phase of education and consequently a sector breakdown is not available. Pupil figures include all pre-primary pupils, including those under-5s funded by the authority and being educated in private settings, pupils educated in maintained mainstream schools and any other local authority maintained pupils. All pupil numbers are adjusted to be on a financial year basis. 2. The classification of local authorities into those which are predominately urban and predominately rural is based upon The Rural and Urban Area Classification (2004) sponsored by the Countryside Agency (CA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) and the Welsh Assembly Government. Predominantly rural local authorities are classified as those which consist of more than 50 per cent. rural Output Areas. 3. Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.