Annal Nayyar – BBC report on School Funding

Academy funding falling for secondary pupils

Academies in England received less last year per pupil in secondary schools than four years earlier, according to official figures.

The median income per secondary pupil in academies for 2015-16 was £5,714, down from £6,340 in 2011-12, not taking into account inflation.

Head teachers have been campaigning about funding shortages.

The figures from the Department for Education show a £280m shortfall between total income and expenditure in academies in 2015-16.

This represents a gap of 1.5%, compared with 1% in the previous year.

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About six in 10 multi-academy trusts spent more than their income – and just under half of standalone academies had an income shortfall.

But the Department for Education says this “deficit does not mean that these academies or trusts are in debt, as they may have reserve funds through which these costs were met”.

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