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Information on the resources that local authorities have budgeted to make available for education and school services for April 2020 to March 2021.

Main points

Schools expenditure is budgeted to be £2,822 million, an increase of 6.2% over the previous year.

Schools expenditure per pupil is budgeted to be £6,203(r), a year-on-year increase of 5.9%(r) or £346(r). This is a real terms increase of 3.9%(r) and the largest real terms increase per pupil since 2007-08.

The budget per pupil can be broken down into £5,192(r) per pupil delegated to schools and £1,010(r) per pupil retained for centrally funded school services.

The funding delegated to schools is budgeted to be £2,362 million. The amount of funding that local authorities delegate directly to schools ranges between 77% and 90% of overall schools budgeted expenditure.

83.7% of the total schools budgeted expenditure is delegated directly to schools, a decrease of 0.2 of a percentage point compared to the previous year.

(r) Revised on 16 July 2021.


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