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Pupils: Coventry

Question for Department for Education

UIN 115692, tabled on 16 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much (a) revenue and (b) capital funding in cash terms was provided per pupil in state (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A) Coventry North East constituency and (B) Coventry in each of the last ten years.

Answered on

19 November 2020

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

The revenue funding allocated for schools for the financial years 2010/11 to 2019/20 for Coventry local authority is shown in the table below. Aggregated schools funding is not allocated to primary and secondary schools separately, nor to parliamentary constituencies. Primary and secondary pupil numbers for each local authority in England can be found in the local authority tables for each year through following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Financial Year

Coventry local authority (£millions)

2010-11

241.9

2011-12

249.8

2012-13

257.6

2013-14

279.6

2014-15

292.0

2015-16

298.0

2016-17

302.2

2017-18

314.2

2018-19

324.5

2019-20

337.2

Data for allocations prior to 2011/12 are not readily available. Most funding allocations are calculated at a responsible body level, and cannot be broken down to per pupil, primary or secondary, and constituency levels. This is because many responsible bodies, such as academy trusts, span local authority boundaries and decisions on investment in individual schools are often taken at a local level.

Basic need funding is allocated to local authorities to provide new school places in their area. The Department provides basic need funding for every place that is needed, based on local authorities’ own data on pupil forecasts. These allocations are calculated in line with demographic growth in the local area rather than existing population, so allocations may fluctuate across years. There are now 8,594 more school places in Coventry than there were in 2010.

In addition to this, Coventry has been allocated nearly £4 million through the Special Provision Capital Fund across 2018-21. This funding is intended to help local authorities create new places and improve facilities for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

(All Values £millions)

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14 and 2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Basic Need allocations

9.9

9.7

12.5

0

0

3.2

6

8.2

1.9

23.7

Special Provision Capital Fund

-

-

-

-

-

-

0.8

2.4

0.8

-

[1], [2]

In addition to basic need funding, the Department allocates condition funding each year to those responsible for school buildings to improve and maintain the condition of the school estate.

For an explanation of condition funding and a breakdown of condition allocations paid to Coventry local authority to invest in maintained schools over the last ten years, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 November 2020 to Question 114205.

[1] For financial years 2015/16 to 2020/21, the figures above may differ from the original allocations. This is because allocations have been subsequently adjusted to reflect a revised schedule of payments, for example where payments have been modified in order to support local authority cashflow.

[2] This table does not include historic Targeted Basic Need funding – Coventry received £9.2 million through this in 2013-15.

Original answer

The revenue funding allocated for schools for the financial years 2010/11 to 2019/20 for Coventry local authority is shown in the table below. Aggregated schools funding is not allocated to primary and secondary schools separately, nor to parliamentary constituencies. Primary and secondary pupil numbers for each local authority in England can be found in the local authority tables for each year through following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-and-pupil-numbers.

Financial Year

Coventry local authority (£millions)

2010-11

241.9

2011-12

249.8

2012-13

257.6

2013-14

279.6

2014-15

292.0

2015-16

298.0

2016-17

302.2

2017-18

314.2

2018-19

324.5

2019-20

337.2

Data for allocations prior to 2011/12 are not readily available. Most funding allocations are calculated at a responsible body level, and cannot be broken down to per pupil, primary or secondary, and constituency levels. This is because many responsible bodies, such as academy trusts, span local authority boundaries and decisions on investment in individual schools are often taken at a local level.

Basic need funding is allocated to local authorities to provide new school places in their area. The Department provides basic need funding for every place that is needed, based on local authorities’ own data on pupil forecasts. These allocations are calculated in line with demographic growth in the local area rather than existing population, so allocations may fluctuate across years. There are now 8,594 more school places in Coventry than there were in 2010.

In addition to this, Coventry has been allocated nearly £4 million through the Special Provision Capital Fund across 2018-21. This funding is intended to help local authorities create new places and improve facilities for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

(All values £millions)

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

2021-22

Basic Need allocations

9.9

9.7

12.5 12.5

0

0

3.2

6

8.2

1.9

23.7

Special Provision Capital Fund

0.8

2.4

0.8

[1], [2]

In addition to basic need funding, the Department allocates condition funding each year to those responsible for school buildings to improve and maintain the condition of the school estate.

For an explanation of condition funding and a breakdown of condition allocations paid to Coventry local authority to invest in maintained schools over the last ten years, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 17 November 2020 to Question 114205.

[1] For financial years 2015/16 to 2020/21, the figures above may differ from the original allocations. This is because allocations have been subsequently adjusted to reflect a revised schedule of payments, for example where payments have been modified in order to support local authority cashflow.

[2] This table does not include historic Targeted Basic Need funding – Coventry received £9.2 million through this in 2013-15.

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