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Primary Education: Finance

Question for Department for Education

UIN 190901, tabled on 13 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show on 11 November 2018, what the evidential basis was for his statement that the funding for the average class of 27 children in primary school is £132,000.

Answered on

19 November 2018

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) produces analysis of long range trends in school spending. This average class funding figure is based on the underlying data from the IFS’s 2017 report, converted into 2018-19 prices using the GDP deflator, which gives a per-pupil funding figure for primary schools of £4,891.41 in 2018-19. The full report is available here:

This has been multiplied by 27 to generate the average class figure. The average class size for a primary school is 27.1, according to the January 2018 school census available here:

Changes in predicted trends in inflation and the IFS’ methodology mean that this analysis may produce slightly different figures over time. The funding that individual schools receive through their local funding formulae and the pupil premium will vary depending on the characteristics of the pupils in each class.

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