1/3 of maintained English secondary schools in the red

Date: 04.01.2019

Despite repeated claims from the DfE that education spending is at record high levels, three out of every ten maintained secondary schools had budget deficits of nearly £500,000 last year, according to new figures from the DfE, while the average annual loss has risen to £484,000 - nearly 10% above each school’s income - and spending per pupil has fallen.


The figures show that more than 30% of mainstream local authority secondary schools had a financial shortfall in 2017-18, compared with just 11% five years earlier, despite government claims that education funding is at its highest level on record.


The budgets of maintained primary schools in England showed a similar trend, with 8% reported to be in deficit in 2017-18, double the 4% reported in 2014-15.


DfE data here