How much per-pupil funding will your school get?

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The Dedicated School Grant (DSG) for 2014/15 has been published with per-pupil funding once again ranging from around £3,950 to as much as £8,595.

London authorities dominate the list of highest per-pupil funding, with the City of London getting the most at £8,595 ahead of Tower Hamlets (£7,014) and Hackney (£6,680.05).

Nottingham is the highest outside of the capital, receiving £5,309, while Birmingham gets £5,218 and Manchester £5,088.

At the other end of the scale, Cambridgeshire is the worst funded per-pupil at £3,950, followed by South Gloucestershire (£3,969) and Leicestershire (£3,995).

The average for all authorities across England is £4,550.54 per-pupil.

In addition to the per-pupil funding, local authorities will also receive a “high needs” allocation for students with additional learning needs.

A statement from the Department for Education (DfE) said that in order to protect local authorities with falling pupil numbers, arrangements have been continued to ensure that no authority loses more than two per cent of its budget in cash terms.

It adds: “To protect schools from significant budget reductions, we will continue with a Minimum Funding Guarantee that ensures that no school sees more than a 1.5 per cent per-pupil reduction in 2014/15 budgets (excluding 6th form funding) compared with 2013/14 and before the Pupil Premium is added.”

The publication of the DSG came alongside news that the DfE is to invest a further £2.35 billion to create more school places up to 2017. It has already pledged 

£5 billion to create new places by 2015. Education secretary Michael Gove said that 260,000 new school places had been created up until May 2013.

The additional funding comes six months after Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee raised serious concerns over the DfE’s planning for new school places. Its report, published in July, said that the number of reception children had been rising for some years and that neither the DfE or local authorities had anticipated how much and where pupil numbers were rising early enough. In 2011/12 there were 600,000 reception children.

In July, committee chair Margaret Hodge said: “256,000 new school places are needed by September 2014, but the DfE does not know whether the £5 billion it is contributing will be enough to pay for them or even spent to best effect.”

At the time, the DfE blamed the previous administration for not reacting to rising birth rates, arguing that the coalition has more than doubled funding for new school places. It said that the last government allocated just £1.9 billion to creating new places between 2007 and 2011.

However, critics have blasted the DfE for “ploughing” money into free schools in areas where there are surplus places. 

Reacting to news of the additional £2.35 billion, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: “It is pointless the government increasing local authorities’ funding for school places if they are not allowed to build and run schools. 

“As it is, local authorities are struggling to find free school sponsors in areas of rapidly increasing pupil populations.

“But despite a dire need for more school places in some areas, the government is wasting scarce resources by allowing free schools to open in areas with surplus places.

“And to make matters worse, the government has made it very difficult for local authorities to plan for additional school places because they are only allowed to consult on expanding existing schools, and only the government is allowed to approve any new academies or free schools.”

To download the full information on the 2014/15 Dedicated Schools Grant, visit http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/adminandfinance/financialmanagement/schoolsrevenuefunding/a00230728/schools-rev-fund-2014-2015

Dedicated Schools Grant –2014/15 per-pupil funding

Lowest funded authorities
  • Cambridgeshire £3,949.94
  • South Gloucestershire £3,969.38
  • Leicestershire £3,994.63
  • Poole £4,007.18
  • Buckinghamshire £4,040.23
  • Cheshire East £4,076.77
  • Warwickshire £4,078.8
  • Bromley £4,082.33
  • Rutland £4,086.99
  • Surrey £4,096.45
Highest funded authorities
  1. City of London £8,594.55
  2. Tower Hamlets £7,014.38
  3. Hackney £6,680.05
  4. Lambeth £6,384.03
  5. Hammersmith and Fulham £6,248.47
  6. Islington £6,229.3
  7. Camden £6,205.29
  8. Newham £6,132.26
  9. Southwark £6,123.79
  10. Greenwich £6,005.7
Highest funded authorities outside London
  • Nottingham £5,308.52
  • Birmingham £5,218.28
  • Manchester £5,088.3
  • Liverpool £5,048.35
  • Slough £4,861.93
  • Coventry £4,861.52
  • Halton £4,857.53
  • Bradford £4,845.01
  • Rotherham £4,844.16
  • Knowsley £4,839.11
Local authority per-pupil funding: Full List (England Average: £4,550.54)
  • City of London £8,594.55
  • Camden £6,205.29
  • Greenwich £6,005.70
  • Hackney £6,680.05
  • Hammersmith and Fulham £6,248.47
  • Islington £6,229.30
  • Kensington and Chelsea £5,873.91
  • Lambeth £6,384.03
  • Lewisham £5,950.43
  • Southwark £6,123.79
  • Tower Hamlets £7,014.38
  • Wandsworth £5,581.40
  • Westminster £5,662.78
  • Barking and Dagenham £5,582.87
  • Barnet £4,988.36
  • Bexley £4,613.18
  • Brent £5,065.93
  • Bromley £4,082.33
  • Croydon £4,559.18
  • Ealing £5,296.47
  • Enfield £5,194.02
  • Haringey £5,878.44
  • Harrow £4,927.48
  • Havering £4,726.54
  • Hillingdon £4,820.35
  • Hounslow £5,210.90
  • Kingston upon Thames £4,601.91
  • Merton £4,534.27
  • Newham £6,132.26
  • Redbridge £4,668.11
  • Richmond upon Thames £4,506.89
  • Sutton £4,360.26
  • Waltham Forest £5,204.86
  • Birmingham £5,218.28
  • Coventry £4,861.52
  • Dudley £4,459.29
  • Sandwell £4,771.14
  • Solihull £4,187.80
  • Walsall £4,642.52
  • Wolverhampton £4,826.97
  • Knowsley £4,839.11
  • Liverpool £5,048.35
  • St Helens £4,463.14
  • Sefton £4,442.55
  • Wirral £4,547.11
  • Bolton £4,535.72
  • Bury £4,229.64
  • Manchester £5,088.30
  • Oldham £4,778.47
  • Rochdale £4,689.88
  • Salford £4,551.24
  • Stockport £4,206.18
  • Tameside £4,717.42
  • Trafford £4,232.12
  • Wigan £4,526.53
  • Barnsley £4,459.18
  • Doncaster £4,518.75
  • Rotherham £4,844.16
  • Sheffield £4,428.53
  • Bradford £4,845.01
  • Calderdale £4,454.37
  • Kirklees £4,648.67
  • Leeds £4,537.68
  • Wakefield £4,577.92
  • Gateshead £4,558.95
  • Newcastle upon Tyne £4,709.54
  • North Tyneside £4,536.72
  • South Tyneside £4,750.00
  • Sunderland £4,535.99
  • Bath and North East Somerset £4,335.73
  • Bristol, City of £4,717.30
  • North Somerset £4,320.96
  • South Gloucestershire £3,969.38
  • Hartlepool £4,702.90
  • Middlesbrough £4,798.05
  • Redcar and Cleveland £4,632.40
  • Stockton-on-Tees £4,486.55
  • Kingston Upon Hull, City of £4,713.02
  • East Riding of Yorkshire £4,257.73
  • North East Lincolnshire £4,545.73
  • North Lincolnshire £4,315.87
  • North Yorkshire £4,337.74
  • York £4,209.24
  • Luton £4,784.38
  • Bedford Borough £4,466.29
  • Central Bedfordshire £4,144.47
  • Buckinghamshire £4,040.23
  • Milton Keynes £4,439.99
  • Derbyshire £4,245.28
  • Derby £4,544.02
  • Dorset £4,166.53
  • Poole £4,007.18
  • Bournemouth £4,153.67
  • Durham £4,572.50
  • Darlington £4,485.82
  • East Sussex £4,449.96
  • Brighton and Hove £4,457.70
  • Hampshire £4,276.91
  • Portsmouth £4,595.77
  • Southampton £4,648.53
  • Leicestershire £3,994.63
  • Leicester £4,693.41
  • Rutland £4,086.99
  • Staffordshire £4,309.98
  • Stoke-on-Trent £4,506.90
  • Wiltshire £4,213.15
  • Swindon £4,102.23
  • Bracknell Forest £4,187.21
  • Windsor and Maidenhead £4,324.81
  • West Berkshire £4,359.00
  • Reading £4,454.32
  • Slough £4,861.93
  • Wokingham £4,125.28
  • Cambridgeshire £3,949.94
  • Peterborough £4,490.03
  • Halton £4,857.53
  • Warrington £4,218.53
  • Devon £4,156.18
  • Plymouth £4,364.35
  • Torbay £4,305.25
  • Essex £4,393.08
  • Southend-on-Sea £4,601.23
  • Thurrock £4,432.35
  • Herefordshire £4,306.44
  • Worcestershire £4,231.27
  • Kent £4,367.49
  • Medway £4,351.77
  • Lancashire £4,486.05
  • Blackburn with Darwen £4,688.62
  • Blackpool £4,458.91
  • Nottinghamshire £4,351.45
  • Nottingham £5,308.52
  • Shropshire £4,112.55
  • Telford and Wrekin £4,367.31
  • Cheshire East £4,076.77
  • Cheshire West and Chester £4,128.72
  • Cornwall £4,396.58
  • Cumbria £4,448.63
  • Gloucestershire £4,202.88
  • Hertfordshire £4,320.12
  • Isle of Wight £4,488.97
  • Lincolnshire £4,329.10
  • Norfolk £4,333.80
  • Northamptonshire £4,188.60
  • Northumberland £4,243.62
  • Oxfordshire £4,274.49
  • Somerset £4,277.55
  • Suffolk £4,241.49
  • Surrey £4,096.45
  • Warwickshire £4,078.80
  • West Sussex £4,196.37
 


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