By the Numbers - Budgets

1st February 2013 at 00:00

Most schools think their budgets will fall short of what is needed to maintain their current school spending plans over the next three years, a new survey by the British Educational Suppliers Association has found.

But heads are more optimistic about their budgets than they were last year. While 53 per cent of the secondary schools surveyed in 2012 thought budgets would fall short of what they needed, this is a reduction from two-thirds in 2011.

The survey of 602 primary and 302 secondary schools also found that pupil premium support is most likely to be spent on small group interventions and one-to-one support - very few schools said that using the money to reduce class sizes was a priority.

PUPIL PREMIUM SUPPORT

To what extent has the pupil premium supported your budget?

PRIMARY

Very little 34%

Some extent 37%

Not sure 2%

Significant extent 27%

SECONDARY

Very little 23%

Some extent 53%

Significant extent 22%

Not sure 2%.

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