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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Volume 505: debated on Tuesday 2 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average per pupil funding was in each local authority in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (312787)

The Department has placed the relevant information which shows the per pupil revenue funding figures (in real terms) for pupils aged three to 19 for all local authorities in each year since 1997-98 to 2008-09 in the Libraries; along with an explanation of how changes in the school funding system over time means that the data are not on a comparable basis across years.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what the average per child education spending was in Salford (a) in 1997 and (b) in the latest period for which information is available. (313324)

The available information is shown in the following table:

Combined LEA and school based expenditure per pupil in Salford, 1996-97 and 2008-09

Combined LEA and school based expenditure










1. The combined LA and school based expenditure includes all expenditure on the education of children in LA maintained establishments and pupils educated by the LA 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).

2. 1999-2000 saw a change in data source when the data collection moved from the R01 form collected by CLG (formerly ODPM) to the section 52 form (now section 251 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009) 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.

3. Pupil figures include all pre-primary pupils, including those under fives funded by the LA and being educated in private settings, pupils educated in maintained mainstream schools and other LA maintained pupils. The pupil data for pupils attending maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools are taken from the DCSF Annual Schools Census. Private voluntary and independent (PVI) under five pupil numbers are taken from the Early Years census but are only included for 1999-2000 onwards. For 1995-96 onwards other LA maintained pupils are included in the pupil count. This includes all pupils attending schools not maintained by the authority for whom the authority is paying full tuition fees, or educated otherwise than in schools and pupil referral units under arrangements made by the authority drawn from the form 8b submitted to the DCSF. Also included as other LA maintained pupils are all pupils attending pupil referral units who are not registered at a maintained mainstream school drawn from the DCSF Annual Schools Census. All pupil numbers are adjusted to be on a financial year basis.

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