Pupil Funding

Education and Skills written question – answered on 16th June 2005.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Conservative, Preseli Pembrokeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average (a) secondary and (b) primary school funding per pupil in England (i) was in 1997 and (ii) is in the current financial year.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Minister of State (Schools), Department for Education and Skills

The average funding per primary pupil (aged 3–10) and per secondary pupil (aged 11–15) in England for 1997–98 and 2005–06 is:

1997–98 2005–06
Pupils aged 3–10 2,390 3,600
Pupils aged 11–15 3,260 4,410


These figures are in real terms and include funding via Education Formula Spending/Standard Spending Assessment and revenue grants allocated at an LEA level. The 2005–06 figures exclude the pensions transfer to EFS.

Price Base: Real terms at 2003–04 prices, based on GDP deflators as at 23 March 2005

Figures reflect relevant sub-blocks of education SSA/EFS settlements and exclude the pensions transfer to EFS.

Total funding also includes all revenue grants in DfES Departmental Expenditure Limits relevant to pupils aged 3–10 and 11–15 and exclude EMAs and grants not allocated at LEA level.

The pupil numbers used to convert £ million figures to £ per pupil are those underlying the SSA/EFS settlement calculations.

Rounding: Figures are rounded to the nearest £10.

Status: 2005–06 figures are provisional as some grants have not yet been finalised/audited.

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