Total schools budgeted expenditure per pupil
This amount includes the money retained by the local authority for central funding.
2020–21 = £6157 (2019–20 = £5944, 2018–19 = £5724)
An increase of 3.6% on 2019–20, compred to an increase of 3.8% previous year
Ranked 14th for funding per pupil from Welsh Government for schools budget, down from 11th in 2019–20
% rate of delegation to schools
"In 2012, local government committed to a target set them by the Welsh Government to delegate 85% of all school funding directly to schools by 2014–15." (School Funding in Wales: Research Briefing, August 2018)
Rate of delegation in Cardiff in 2020–21 = 89.9% (2019–20 = 90.3%) 1st in Wales, same as previous year
Rate excluding home to school transport in 2020–21 = 91.7% (2019-20 = 92.1%) Ranked highest in Wales, in both years.
How has this changed over time? How does Cardiff compare to other local authorities?
Per pupil funding of schools in Cardiff
We have mapped delegated per pupil funding for primary schools and secondary schools across Wales. The colours refer to Welsh averages. Purple indicates a school which receives funding in the top 25% per pupil, grey, the middle 50% and red, the bottom 25%.
Changes in the average delegated school budget per pupil, 2012–20
Ranks 3rd in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for all school types.
Ranks 5th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for primary schools.
Ranks 2nd in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for secondary schools.
School reserves in Cardiff
The map shows which schools retain reserves within statutory limits (in black) and above statutory limits (in yellow). The statutory limits are £50,000 for a primary school and £100,000 for a secondary school. It also shows which schools are in deficit (in red). All figures are for the end of the financial year 2018–2019. Use the menu on the top left to choose type of school, and hover over a school marker to find out how much money is involved.
How have financial reserves in Cardiff changed
Cardiff's primary schools have on average a per pupil surplus of £167.80—15th in Wales. Five primary schools ended 2018-19 in deficit.
Six of Cardiff's 18 secondary schools ended 2018–19 in deficit. Currently Cardiff has an average per pupil deficit of -£26.94 in its secondary sector—ranked 14th in Wales. This shows a gradual improvement over recent years.
Cardiff's special schools have an average per pupil surplus of £2223 (third highest for the sector in Wales) and all are in surplus.