Financial Year 2020-21

School funding statistics

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This publication provides statistics on school revenue funding from financial year 2010 to 2011 through to 2021 to 2022.

The aim is to provide an overview of trends in school funding over recent years, as well as detailed information about funding allocations for individual schools for 2020 to 2021.

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Headline facts and figures - 2020-21

Headline facts and figures for school funding in England, 2010-11 to 2021-22

The total amount of funding allocated to English schools for 5-16 year old pupils has grown since 2010-11 as the total pupil population has grown.

In cash terms, the total funding allocated to schools through the grants covered in this report was £47.6 billion in 2020-21, an increase of 36.1% compared to the £35.0 billion allocated in 2010-11, and is increasing to £49.6 billion in 2021-22.

On a per-pupil basis the total funding allocated to schools for 5-16 year old pupils, in cash terms, in 2020-21 was £6,280, a 21.3% increase compared to £5,180 allocated per pupil in 2010-11. 

In real terms, funding per pupil was broadly flat between 2010-11 and 2015-16 at just over £6,500 in 2020-21 prices. It then fell by 4.3% over 2016-17 and 2017-18, but subsequently increased by 1.0% over 2018-19 and 2019-20 (in part because of the additional funding for increased teacher pension employer contribution costs) and is expected to increase by 5.7% over 2020-21 and 2021-22 to £6,680 (in 2020-21 prices) in 2021-22.

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