Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Education written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what education funding per pupil was in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Brent in each year since 2009-10.

Photo of David Laws David Laws The Minister of State, Cabinet Office, The Minister for Schools

The total per pupil revenue funding figures for financial years 2009-10 to 2012-13 for Staffordshire and Brent are provided in the following table. The figures are for all funded pupils aged three to 15 and are in cash terms:

Average revenue per pupil funding
Dedicated schools grant (DSG) + grants cash (£)
  2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Staffordshire 4,460 4,720 4,650 4,650
Brent 5,990 6,280 6,240 6,240
Notes: 1. For financial years 2009 to 2011 this covers funding through the dedicated schools grant, school standards grant, school standards grant (personalisation) and standards fund; it excludes grants which are not allocated at local authority level. 2. Figures have been rounded to the nearest £10. 3. In financial year 2011 to 2012, most separate grants were mainstreamed in to the DSG. The exceptions were grants that were time-limited and planned to end in financial year 2010 to 2011. 4. Figures do not include pupil premium. Details of which are shown separately. 5.The DSG plus grants figures for financial years 2009-10 to 2010-11 do not include funding from the Young People's Learning Agency to ensure that figures are on the basis of funding for pupils aged three to 15 and are comparable with figures for financial years 2011-12 to 2012-13. Sources: 1. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20131216163513/http:/www.education .gov.uk/schools/adminandfinance/financialmanagement/schoolsrevenuefunding 2. http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20131216163513/http://www.education .gov.uk/schools/adminandfinance/financialmanagement/schoolsrevenuefunding/archive/a0014213/dedicated-schools-grant-allocations-for-2008-11

The DSG plus grants figures for financial years 2009-10 to 2010-11 do not include funding from the Young People's Learning Agency to ensure that figures are on the basis of funding for pupils aged three to 15 and are comparable with figures for financial years 2011-12 to 2012-13.

In financial year 2013-14, the DSG was reformed to allocate funding to local authorities in three blocks (schools, early years and high needs) and so figures are not comparable to previous years. The schools block per pupil unit of funding (SBUF), which does not cover funding for early years or high needs, was £4,310 for Staffordshire and £5,066 for Brent. The early years block per pupil units of funding in 2013-14 were £3,515 for Staffordshire and £5,930 for Brent. In 2013-14, high needs funding was no longer allocated on a per-pupil basis. However total high needs block funding for the year was £57.483 million for Staffordshire and £53.7 million for Brent.

In addition, since financial year 2011-12 schools have received pupil premium per qualifying pupil, which targets funding at pupils from the most deprived backgrounds to help them achieve their full potential. In 2012-13, coverage was expanded to include pupils known to have been eligible for free school meals at any point in the last six years. The amounts per pupil for each type of pupil are shown in the following table in cash terms:

Pupil premium per pupil
£
  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Free school meal secondary pupils and looked-after children 488 623 900
Free school meal primary pupil 488 623 953
Service children 200 250 300

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