Schools: Greater London

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th May 2018.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) the Enfield North constituency (ii) the London Borough of Enfield and (iii) London that will receive a reduction in (A) cash and (B) per pupil funding in each of the next five years.

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

In 2018/19, all schools in Enfield North attracted more cash funding through the national funding formula, compared to their 2017/18 baselines.

All schools, with the exception of new and growing schools, attracted more per pupil funding. New and growing schools typically see their per pupil funding decrease as they grow in size, while receiving significant increases in their total budgets. One new and growing all-through school in Enfield, and 23 new and growing schools in London (18 primaries, 3 secondaries and 2 all-through) attract less funding per pupil in 2018-19 than they did in 2017-18.

Final decisions on individual schools’ budgets are taken by the local authority, based on the local funding formula.

In 2019/20, no school will attract reduced cash funding per pupil through the national funding formula. Given that funding follows the pupil, individual schools may attract less funding in total if the number of pupils on roll decreases. The Department will publish notional funding formula allocations for 2019/20 later this year after updating calculations using the latest autumn census data.

Funding after 2019/20 will depend on the outcomes of the next Spending Review.

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