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Information on the resources that local authorities have budgeted to make available for education and school services for April 2019 to March 2020.

Main points

  • Schools expenditure is budgeted to be £2,657 million, an increase of 3.5% over the previous year.
  • Schools expenditure per pupil is budgeted to be £5,857, a year-on-year increase of 3.2% or £181. This is a real terms increase of 1.2% and the first real terms increase per pupil since 2010-11.
  • The budget per pupil can be broken down into £4,914 per pupil delegated to schools and £943 per pupil retained for centrally funded school services.
  • The funding delegated to schools is budgeted to be £2,229 million. The amount of funding that local authorities delegate directly to schools ranges between 77% and 90% of overall schools budgeted expenditure.
  • 83.9% of the total schools budgeted expenditure is delegated directly to schools, a decrease of 0.3 of a percentage point compared to the previous year.


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