Total schools budgeted expenditure per pupil
This amount includes the money retained by the local authority for central funding.
2020–21 = £6124 per pupil (2019–20 = £5979, 2018–19 = £5830)
An increase of 2.4%, compared to 2.5% the previous year
Ranked 18th for funding per pupil from Welsh Government for schools budgets, down from 9th the previous year.
% 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 Merthyr Tydfil in 2020–21 = 84% (2019–20 = 84.3%) 8th highest in Wales, down from 7th the previous year
Rate excluding home to school transport in 2020–21 = 87.7% (2019-20 = 87.8%) 9th highest in Wales, up from 11th the previous year
How has this changed over time? How does Merthyr Tydfil compare to other local authorities?
Per pupil funding of schools in Merthyr Tydfil
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 11th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for all school types.
Ranks 4th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for primary schools.
Ranks 19th in 2019–20 for average delegated school budget per pupil for secondary schools.
School reserves in Merthyr Tydfil
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 Merthyr Tydfil changed
Merthyr Tydfil's primary school sector currently has a per pupil surplus of £222.33 which ranks 9th in Wales. Reserves have been growing steadily for years. No primary school is in deficit in 2018–19.
Merthyr Tydfil's secondary school sector has improved its financial position since 2016–17, and now has a per pupil surplus of £152.05 (4th in Wales) In 2018–19, no secondary school is in deficit.