Benchmarking data information available – Reported by Annal Nayyar across Academies’ Spend Data

Benchmarking data information available – Reported by Annal Nayyar across Academies’ Spend Data

For the first time Academies’ spend data, which contains information on Academies’ income and expenditure for the academic year 2010/2011. This publication forms part of the Coalition Government’s data transparency agenda.

The tables  use data from the Abbreviated Accounts Returns (AARs) completed by each Academy Trust for the period ending 31 August 2011 (generally the academic year September 2010 to August 2011). This is data that shows each Academy Trust’s income and spending for the year and is provided to the Education Funding Agency (previously the YPLA) by Academies. In addition, we are publishing the raw data file so that people can carry out further analysis themselves.

This data is not directly comparable with the data collected for local authority maintained schools for a number of reasons, including:

•Academies receive additional funding to reflect the wider responsibilities that are carried out by the local authority for maintained schools;

•the Academies that were operating during this period tend to be those set up in areas of high deprivation and so will have received additional funding to reflect this;

•over 80% of these Academies are sponsor led and so generally will have replaced underperforming schools that were likely to have attracted extra grants to turn them around;

•some capital grants, capital funds and/or capital donations appear in the data which will make some Academies’ income appear very high. We exclude all capital income in the data we publish for maintained schools; and

•the AAR return has different income and expenditure categories to the return completed by local authority maintained schools.

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