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Planned spend (gross) on Schools Budget, per head of population aged 0-17 (2268) Metric type

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This is the total planned gross spend on Schools Budget per head of population aged 0-17. Whilst some areas of spending are focused on particular age groups, a common denominator has been used to enable comparisons across all areas of funding. Where appropriate, alternative measures showing spending standardised by more relevant age groups are also available. The LA planned expenditure falls into three high level categories: the ‘Total Schools Budget’, planned expenditure on ‘Other Education and Community Budget’ and planned expenditure on all ‘Children and Young People’s Services including Social Care’. Each of the three categories represents many different funding lines.

Total schools budget includes information on the funding of LA maintained schools, but not on the increasing number of Academy schools which are funded directly from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) within DfE. The Total School Budget is dominated by the Individual Schools Budget (ISB) which makes up around 90% of the Total School Budget

As the number of Academy schools increases the total school budget managed by LAs decreases. This means that care must be taken to understand the context within which this data sits. The education element of this data only covers LA maintained schools. The implication of more LA maintained schools converting to Academy status is that each year the planned expenditure on the schools element of the Section 251 Budget Return from LAs is covering a diminishing proportion of the education sector. Consequently, for many of the data areas ‘year on year’ comparisons of absolute amounts are inappropriate.

The information on planned expenditure is returned to the Department for Education (DfE) by LAs via the well-established ‘Section 251 Budget Return’. Gross figures are actual total estimated costs of the activities before allowance for any expected income, but after allowing for any “buyback” income from the authority’s own schools to avoid double counting.
19 Sep 2020
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  • Gross planned expenditure on schools budget, per head of population aged 0-17
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Total Schools Budget (£ per head 0-17)
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£ per head of population aged 0-17
Total planned spend (gross)
Section 251 Budget
Department for Education
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