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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Department for Education written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate he has made of the average of real terms per pupil funding for 5-16 year olds in England in (a) 2000-2010, and (b) 2011-2018.

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

Holding answer received on 04 March 2019

School funding for 5-16 year olds is set to be more than 50% higher in 2020 than in 2000, and the core schools budget will be £43.5 billion by 2019/20.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) estimate that between 1999/00 and 2009/10, school spending grew by around 5% each year, in real terms per pupil. Funding was protected in real terms per pupil between 2010/11 and 2015/16. It was protected in real terms overall between 2015/16 and 2017/18. The Department is committed to protecting funding in real terms per pupil between across 2018/19 and 2019/20, following an additional £1.3 billion in July 2017, over and above plans set out at the 2015 Spending Review.

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