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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average per student funding was of primary schools of (a) fewer than 50, (b) from 50 to 99, (c) from 100 to 199, (d) from 200 to 299, (e) from 300 to 399 and (f) over 400 pupils in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement. (310540)

The average per student funding of primary schools of varying size is set out in the following table.

The Education (Budget Statements) (England) Regulations. Total budget share (plus grants)1, 2 per pupil3 in primary schools4 in England with an urban/rural split: 2009-10. Cash terms5 figures as reported by local authorities as at 11 January 2010

Total budget share (plus grants) per pupil

Number of pupils in school

<50

50-99

100-199

200-299

300-399

400 plus

All school sizes

All primary schools

5,960

4,370

3,890

3,690

3,590

3,630

3,730

Rural schools

5,940

4,310

3,590

3,270

3,120

3,070

3,640

Urban schools

6,860

4,800

4,070

3,760

3,630

3,650

3,750

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 on the school funding policy of each local authority. There will be differences between authorities in the amounts of funding held centrally to spend on behalf of their schools.

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 the full-time equivalent number of 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 primary schools which 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).

5. Figures are rounded to nearest £10.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much has been spent per pupil in Preston in each year since 1997. (311235)

Figures are not available for the parliamentary constituency of Preston as data are collected at a local authority level. The available information on how much has been spent per pupil in Lancashire local authority is shown in the following table:

School based expenditure per pupil in Lancashire local authority1 from 1997-98 to 2008-09

England

Pre LGR Lancashire

Lancashire

1997-98

Pre-Primary and Primary Education

1,740

1,670

Secondary Education

2,360

2,400

Special Schools

9,830

10,830

Total (including Pre-Primary)

2,080

2,060

1998-99

Pre-Primary and Primary Education

1,870

1,820

Secondary Education

2,450

2,450

Special Schools

10,110

10,220

Total (including Pre-Primary)

2,190

2,170

1999-2000

Primary Education

2,010

1,950

Pre-Primary and Primary Education

2,050

1,980

Secondary Education

2,610

2,550

Special Schools

10,900

10,350

Total (including Pre-Primary)

2,390

2,320

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

2,370

2,300

2000-01

Primary Education

2,210

2,160

Pre-Primary and Primary Education

2,280

2,220

Secondary Education

2,830

2,740

Special Schools

11,860

11,130

Total (including Pre-Primary)

2,620

2,540

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

2,590

2,520

2001-02

Primary Education

2,480

2,450

Pre-Primary and Primary Education

2,570

2,530

Secondary Education

3,150

3,070

Special Schools

13,030

12,690

Total (including Pre-Primary)

2,940

2,880

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

2,900

2,840

2002-03

Primary Education

2,530

2,520

Secondary Education

3,230

3,060

Special Schools

12,820

12,640

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

2,950

2,890

2003-04

Primary Education

2,750

2,780

Secondary Education

3,550

3,360

Special Schools

14,050

13,670

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

3,230

3,170

2004-05

Primary Education

2,910

2,900

Secondary Education

3,800

3,610

Special Schools

15,110

14,630

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

3,440

3,360

2005-06

Primary Education

3,150

3,160

Secondary Education

4,070

3,940

Special Schools

16,430

15,720

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

3,710

3,670

2006-07

Primary Education

3,360

3,300

Secondary Education

4,320

4,150

Special Schools

17,480

16,270

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

4,210

4,200

2007-08

Primary Education

3,580

3,640

Secondary Education

4,620

4,510

Special Schools

18,650

17,130

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

4,210

4,200

2008-09

Primary Education

3,780

3,770

Secondary Education

4,890

4,790

Special Schools

19,790

18,880

Total (excluding Pre-primary)

4,460

4,420

1 Local government reorganisation (LGR) changed the area covered by Lancashire local authority.

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 R01 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 1999-00 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. However, 2001-02 and earlier years includes all premature retirement compensation (PRC) and Crombie payments, mandatory PRC payments and other indirect employee expenses. In 2001-02 this accounted for approximately £70 per pupil. From 2002-03 onwards only the schools element of these categories is included and this accounted for approximately £50 per pupil of the 2002-03 total. Also, for some LAs, expenditure that had previously been attributed to the school sectors was reported within the LA part of the form from 2002-03, though this is not quantifiable from existing sources.

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. Local government reorganisation (LGR) took place during the mid to late 1990's and those LAs that did not exist either pre or post LGR are shaded out for those years.

6. 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.

7. The 1999-00 figures reflect the return of GM schools to local authority maintenance. Consequently Las where there entire pupil provision were educated in GM schools will show a unit cost of zero prior to 1999-2000.

8. Expenditure was not distinguished between the pre-primary and primary sectors until the inception of Section 52 for financial year 1999-00.

9. School based expenditure in LA maintained nursery schools was not recorded in 2002-03 and comparable figures are not available for 2003-04 onwards.

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