Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 18th January 2010.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour, Preston

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.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools and Learners)

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 authority( 1) 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.


(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.

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