The Secretary of State for
Education, David Blunkett, has today issued expenditure tables that compares the spending
patterns of Local Education Authorities nation-wide.
Warwickshires Education Authority is well ahead of the Governments
The Government has stated that it wants to see Local Education Authorities spend less
than £65 per pupil on central administration costs. Warwickshire halves that figure with
£32 per pupil.
Another challenge issued to authorities is to delegate at least 80 per cent of its
budget to schools. Warwickshire delegates 82.1 per cent.
Councillor Ian Bottrill, Leader of Warwickshire County Council said:
"This is a tribute to the excellent management skills, hard work and dedication of
our education authority. We are proud to report that it has already met and exceeded the
£65 per pupil target. In fact it spends half this much at £32 per pupil.
"We have always believed in delegating as much money as possible directly to our
schools and we have for many years exceeded the government target of 80 per cent."
Richard Grant, Chair of the Education committee, explained:
"We are committed, in partnership with schools, to driving up standards, and
welcome the challenges put to LEAs to help and support schools in an efficient and
"We want the maximum amount of money going directly in the classroom with the
teachers and pupils underpinned by responsure and reliable sources to challenge and
support their work. The governments figures show that Warwickshire LEA has one of
the lowest administration costs in the country and has already achieved targets set for
the rest of the country.
"I expect the government to maintain its commitment to increased financial
resources to education over the coming years so that our schools can move forward even
more quickly and achieve even higher standards."
Eric Wood, County Education Officer, said:
"The governments figures show that the Local Schools Budget is £2,518 per
pupil in Warwickshire compared to the average Countys figure of £3,516 per pupil
and £2,586 per pupil in metropolitan areas.
"Warwickshires spending figure, near to the average, can only be maintained
by the County Council spending some £8.1m (4.3%) above the governments Education
Standard Spending Assessment (SSA) which determines how much grant we get to fund the
"This is because our SSA is £70 per primary pupil and £93 per secondary pupil
below the County average.
"The figures show that the Education committee in Warwickshire is good value for
money it is efficient and has low overhead costs. We should receive a fairer share
of the resources available from central government fairer funding for our children
is a modest ambition the money would go straight into our classrooms and nurseries
in our pursuit of excellence for all children in Warwickshire."
The DfEE tables show:
LEA Central Administration
||Amount per pupil
DfEE officials will be visiting over 30 LEAs to discuss their high costs and low
delegation. They will not be visiting Warwickshire in recognition of our meeting and
exceeding the challenges the Government has set.