Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of David Laws David Laws Shadow Secretary of State (Children, Schools and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many schools received a per pupil funding increase of below the minimum funding guarantee in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and Learners), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

The minimum funding guarantee was introduced to the school funding system for the 2004-05 financial year. A schools forum may approve variations to the minimum funding guarantee proposed by the local authority that together affect no more than 50 per cent. of pupils in the authority's schools. The purpose of this provision is to allow local authorities and their schools forums to handle anomalies that may arise from the operation of the minimum funding guarantee, since the rules set down in the regulations are unable to cover all local circumstances. Where local authorities propose a variation to the minimum funding guarantee that will affect more than 50 per cent. of pupils, the Secretary of State's approval must be sought.

The earliest available data are for 2004-05. Data have not been collected for all years, but figures for 2004-05 and 2005-06 are:

2004-05

Primary: 436 from 18,031 schools received a per pupil increase below the MFG level of 3.4 per cent. (data are unavailable for 737 from the 18,031 schools).

Secondary: one school from 3,431 schools received a per pupil increase below the MFG level of 3.4 per cent. (data are unavailable for 71 from the 3,431 schools).

2005-06

Primary: 478 from 17,087 schools received a per pupil increase below the MFG level of 4.9 per cent.

Secondary: three schools from 3,341 schools received a per pupil increase below the MFG level of 3.9 per cent.

We do not hold information for 05-06 on the number of schools where data are unavailable.

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