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Secondary Education: Per Capita Costs

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average per student funding was in comprehensive secondary schools of (a) less than 100, (b) 100 to 199, (c) 200 to 299, (d) 300 to 399, (e) 400 to 499, (f) 500 to 599, (g) 600 to 700 and (h) over 700 students in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. (303730)

The Department collects figures of the levels of per pupil funding allocated to schools by local authorities via the Section 52 Outturn statements. The Section 52 Outturn statements are completed by all local authorities in England and all local authorities have their own individual local funding formulae to delegate education funding to the maintained schools in their area.

The following table shows the per pupil funding for maintained secondary schools in 2006-07 broken down by size. Please note that figures for opening and closing schools in that financial year have been excluded and that there was only one urban school with fewer than 100 pupils, hence the high per-pupil funding figure.

Total budget share (plus grants)1,2 per pupil3 in secondary schools4 in England with an urban/rural split: 2006-07 cash terms5 figures as reported by local authorities as at 29 October 2009

Number of pupils in school

<100

100-199

200-299

300-399

400-499

500-599

600-699

700+

All secondary schools

11,060

5,360

4,380

4,000

4,050

4,290

4,300

4,080

Rural schools only

4,790

5,260

4,370

3,640

3,800

3,990

3,810

3,860

Urban schools only

22,820

5,490

4,400

4,120

4,170

4,380

4,420

4,110

1 Budget share plus grants allocated to schools is the combination of the schools individual budget share plus any revenue grants allocated to the school at the start of the financial year. This does not include any capital funding allocated to schools.

2 The amount of money allocated to a school depends very much on the individual local authorities' own policy for funding their schools. Different authorities retain varying amounts of funding centrally to spend on behalf of their schools while others chose to give schools more autonomy over how they spend their money by devolving more funding to the individual school.

3 The pupil numbers used to calculate the per pupil amounts are as reported by the local authority on their Section 52 Budget Statement (Table 2) comprising of the full time equivalent number pupils registered at the school used for the initial determination of the school's budget share under the local authority's allocation formula.

4 Included are all local authority maintained secondary schools who are reported by their LA as being open for the entire final year (schools that are reported as either opening or closing during the financial year have been removed). Figures include any LSC funding and LSC pupils for schools with 6th forms.

5 Figures are rounded to nearest £10.

6 Definition of urban and rural schools in accordance with Rural and Urban Area Classification 2004—further information available at

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/nrudp.asp