Primary Education: Finance

Department for Education written question – answered on 18th July 2019.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of primary schools which had (a) fewer than 100, (b) 101 to 200, (c) 201 to 300, (d) 301 to 400, (e) 401 to 600 and (f) 601 or more pupils, were in deficit in each of the five most recent years for which data are available.

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

The Department publishes the income and expenditure, including revenue balances, annually for local authority maintained schools and for academies.

The Department published data for local authority maintained schools’ Consistent Financial Reporting (CFR) for the years 2013-14 to 2017-18 at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-local-authority-school-finance-data#local-authority-and-school-finance.

The Department published data for academy schools’ Academies’ Accounting Returns (AAR) for 2016/17, when revenue reserve was first collected at school level, and 2017/18 at: https://schools-financial-benchmarking.service.gov.uk/Help/DataSources.

The attached tables give the requested breakdown. Information for years prior to those provided are not available. The figures for academies are as reported for the individual schools and do not include any surpluses or deficits at trust level for those in multi academy trusts.

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