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Education: Finance

Question for Department for Education

UIN 162001, tabled on 9 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information he holds on the average funding per pupil in (a) 11-16 schools, (b) sixth forms and sixth form colleges in the state sector, (c) sixth form schools and colleges in the independent sector and (d) higher education in the latest year for which information is available.

Answered on

17 July 2018

Average per pupil funding in schools, sixth form colleges and higher education providers are determined by different funding streams, and comprise both core per student allocations and different dedicated sources that are less easy to present on a per pupil basis.

The average per pupil funding for 11-16 schools in England is £5,228.74[1]

The average per pupil funding for 16-19 year olds in schools and sixth form colleges can be found in the below table:


Schools and Academies


Sixth Form Colleges


The Government does not generally fund children in Independent schools, and as such the information requested on per pupil funding in those settings is not held centrally.

Eligible universities and colleges are able to charge up to the maximum fee cap of £9,250, alongside committing to access and participation activity. Varying rates of grant funding apply for different purposes. For the accounting year 2016-17 £1.37 billion was distributed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (now the Office for Students) in support of teaching activity in higher education.[3]

In the financial year 2016-17, the total amount lent through the Student Loans Company was £13.4 billion for tuition fees and maintenance for undergraduate students. The amount lent for Postgraduate Masters was £325 million. [4]

[1] (This refers to funding allocated through the schools block of the DSG only. Schools will receive additional funding from other, dedicated sources, such as the pupil premium).

[2] The above figures exclude high needs funding but include both full and part-time students, and allocations for the 16 to 19 bursary fund and free meals funding.


[4] - The value of the Government’s contribution via Student Loan Company loans is contingent upon future repayments and interest rates.