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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Question for Department for Education

UIN 28712, tabled on 26 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the per-pupil-funding is for primary and secondary schools in each local authority area in 2015-16.

Answered on

7 March 2016

The government distributes schools funding to local authorities on a per pupil basis, known as a schools block unit of funding (SBUF). The SBUF applies to all pupils in a local authority and does not vary according to school phase. The SBUFs of all local authorities for 2015-16 are published at: (see the document entitled ‘Dedicated Schools Grant 2015 to 2016: updated February 2016’ and the tab ‘2015-16 DSG allocations’). The SBUFs for 2016-17 have also been published at:

The schools block unit of funding is multiplied by the total number of pupils to give each local authority their schools block. Local authorities, in consultation with their schools forums, devise local funding formulae to distribute the schools block to schools in their areas. Local authorities can vary their formulae according to school phase. These formulae are published at: (please see the document entitled ‘Local authority funding proforma data 2015 to 2016’ and the second tab).