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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Education written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Pat Glass Pat Glass Labour, North West Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure that the funding per pupil in voluntary-aided schools is comparable to the funding per pupil in an academy school in the same local authority area if the local authority central spend equivalent element of an academy's general annual grant is disregarded.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

We aim to fund academies at the same level as equivalent schools in the same local authority area, and the academies funding system is designed to achieve this.

Academies' funding agreements specify that their funding should be equivalent to their maintained peers. They are therefore funded according to the local funding formula which applies to maintained schools, including voluntary aided schools. There may be legitimate differences within this formula in recognition of voluntary aided schools' specific responsibilities and costs.

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