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Pupils: Per Capita Costs

Question for Department for Education

UIN 205203, tabled on 4 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if he will set out (a) total school funding, (b) school funding per primary pupil and (c) school funding per secondary pupil in real terms for each year from 1996-97 to 2018-19 in England.

Answered on

9 January 2019

Funding per pupil in cash terms from 1996/97 to 2018/19 and total schools funding from 2001/02 to 2018/19 are set out in the attached tables. Before 2001 schools funding was included within the local government funding settlement. For this reason, the total funding prior to 2001 is not readily available. Before 2018/19 funding was not allocated separately for primary and secondary phases.

The Government publishes Gross Domestic Product (GDP) deflators that can be used to understand the impact of inflation over time. These are available at:

Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has shown that per pupil spending in schools in 2020 is set to be at least 70% higher in real terms than it was in 1990:

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