The benchmarking tables of planned expenditure are drawn from the published Section 251 budget statements and are primarily aimed at schools forums and local authorities (LAs).

The tables give detailed information on each LA’s planned expenditure on education in a form which enables comparison between LAs.

In certain categories, planned expenditure varies greatly between LAs. Further information is provided in the frequently asked questions, available in the associated resources on this page. 

The tables 

All tables are based on planned expenditure data recorded by LAs on their Section 251 budget statements at 9 September 2011.

Per-capita tables

These tables show planned expenditure per capita, based on individual expenditure lines from the Section 251 budget statements, and pupils aged 3 to 19 or population aged 0 to 17 (depending upon which count is most appropriate for the expenditure line).

From last year, we are using two separate 3 to 19 pupil counts to distinguish between the schools and LA budget items.


  • the school budget items exclude pupils at schools which converted to academy status by the end of May 2011
  • the LA budget includes all academy pupils and those at schools which converted to academy status before the end of May 2011.

There are two per capita tables which include each individual LA table (formerly table 1) budget line:
(i) the per capita all lines gross
(ii) per capita all lines net tables.

Further details on the pupil numbers used are given in the explanatory note and FAQs.

Per capita all lines (gross) table

Per capita all lines (net)

The 3 to 19 pupil numbers and the 0 to 17 population estimates used in this year’s per capita tables are shown in the pupil numbers file.

Year-on-year table
This table shows the year-on-year changes for a range of expenditure categories from 2010-11 to 2011-12 from both the LA and the schools budget tables.


  • Since some grants were mainstreamed into the guaranteed units of funding in 2011-12, this makes some comparisons less meaningful so school and LA budget changes have been excluded.
  • Some lines have changed between years. We have included a detailed breakdown of which lines in each year have been considered.

Additional information table provides a range of information on:

  • the Dedicated Schools Grant
  • individual schools budget
  • central expenditure within the schools budget
  • application of the minimum funding guarantee
  • expenditure devolved to schools
  • hourly spend on free entitlement.

A per capita breakdown for a selection of expenditure lines of LA budget tables, divided through by relevant pupil/population figures is also provided.

Included for the first time is a measure of the hourly spend on free entitlement, aggregated from the school budget tables.

Key stage funding:

  • Tables showing the 2011-12 relative Key Stage funding ratios at LA level for age weighted pupil unit (AWPU) funding, and at national level for both AWPU and total funding.
  • The data is derived from the Department’s Section 251 financial data collection 2011-12 returns from 2000-01 to 2011-12.
  • All ratios are shown relative to Key Stage 2 (see frequently asked questions for further explanation).

LA-level Key Stage Funding Ratios - AWPU ratios

National-level Key Stage Funding Ratios - AWPU & Total Funding ratios

Key stage funding - frequently asked questions

The explanatory note provides detailed information about the underlying data from which the figures are drawn, together with an explanation of the methodology used.

Additional information on the benchmarking tables can be found in the frequently asked questions document.