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To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-15037 by John Swinney on 15 March 2018, whether it will provide the information for 2017-18.


Answered by John Swinney (05/03/2019):

Data detailing spending on additional support for learning is collected
from local authorities via the Local Financial Returns (LFR).

Data from 2017-18 is provided in the following tables.

As highlighted in the answer to questions S5W-08627 on 24 April 2017
and S5W-08983 on 8 May 2017, there are issues around the quality of
this data. This means that accurate comparisons between local authorities
and between years cannot be made. A lack of consistency in how local
authorities have broken down the information to primary, secondary and
special categories means that this data does not consistently represent
the levels of spending in different categories of schools in local authorities.

We recognise the challenge facing authorities and that decisions about
prioritisation and budgets, including those for the provision of services for
pupils with additional support needs, are a matter for individual councils,
balancing their need to meet a wide range of statutory duties, local priorities
and local circumstances.

Table 1 shows gross revenue expenditure on additional support for learning
education from 2017-18 split by Pre Primary, Primary, Secondary and Special Education.

Table 1

Additional Support for Learning Expenditure 2017-18 (£000s)

   
 

Pre-Primary Education

Primary Education

Secondary Education

Special Education

Total

Scotland

6,504

70,094

48,867

502,475

627,940

Aberdeen City

-

7,814

3,175

11,640

22,629

Aberdeenshire

-

-

-

33,317

33,317

Angus

-

-

-

9,083

9,083

Argyll & Bute

502

2,976

3,393

2,338

9,209

Clackmannanshire

-

-

-

8,932

8,932

Dumfries & Galloway

-

7,040

2,279

8,811

18,130

Dundee City

375

3,419

1,618

7,017

12,429

East Ayrshire

-

-

-

12,201

12,201

East Dunbartonshire  

112

1,608

1,494

10,372

13,586

East Lothian

-

2,786

1,990

8,763

13,539

East Renfrewshire

543

1,977

1,394

7,327

11,241

Edinburgh, City of

-

3

1

34,554

34,558

Eilean Siar

-

-

-

4,786

4,786

Falkirk

-

-

-

19,032

19,032

Fife

-

-

-

33,715

33,715

Glasgow City

2,744

14,100

11,303

62,268

90,415

Highland

-

-

-

39,729

39,729

Inverclyde

165

-

-

9,034

9,199

Midlothian

57

3,071

2,000

10,540

15,668

Moray

-

-

-

12,400

12,400

North Ayrshire

-

-

-

13,389

13,389

North Lanarkshire

495

7,767

3,649

28,318

40,229

Orkney Islands

35

1,230

928

1,572

3,765

Perth & Kinross

236

1,924

1,150

11,766

15,076

Renfrewshire

433

3,091

2,303

16,052

21,879

Scottish Borders

-

-

-

10,496

10,496

Shetland Islands

-

-

-

5,719

5,719

South Ayrshire

-

-

-

15,726

15,726

South Lanarkshire

429

7,787

8,126

17,705

34,047

Stirling

-

734

1,486

5,495

7,715

West Dunbartonshire

378

2,767

2,578

11,381

17,104

West Lothian

-

-

-

18,997

18,997

Source: Local Financial Returns – Education (LFR 1) statistical return provided by local
authorities to the Scottish Government.

Table 2 shows the percentage of total gross revenue expenditure on education by local
authorities which is accounted for by spending on additional support for learning in
2017-18.

Table 2

Percentage of total education spending on additional support for Learning 2017-18

All Local Authorities

12%

Aberdeen City

12%

Aberdeenshire

12%

Angus

8%

Argyll & Bute

9%

Clackmannanshire

16%

Dumfries & Galloway

12%

Dundee City

9%

East Ayrshire

10%

East Dunbartonshire

11%

East Lothian

14%

East Renfrewshire

10%

Edinburgh, City of

10%

Eilean Siar

11%

Falkirk

12%

Fife

10%

Glasgow City

17%

Highland

15%

Inverclyde

11%

Midlothian

16%

Moray

14%

North Ayrshire

9%

North Lanarkshire

11%

Orkney Islands

12%

Perth & Kinross

10%

Renfrewshire

14%

Scottish Borders

9%

Shetland Islands

12%

South Ayrshire

14%

South Lanarkshire

11%

Stirling

7%

West Dunbartonshire

17%

West Lothian

10%

 

Source: Local Financial Returns – Education (LFR 1) statistical return provided by local
authorities to the Scottish Government.

Table 3 shows the average per-pupil spending on additional support for learning by local
authority. This data shows gross revenue expenditure on additional support for learning
in primary, secondary and special education from the local financial returns, divided by
the number of pupils identified as having additional support needs recorded in the 2017
Pupil Census

Table 3

Additional support for learning spending per pupil recorded as having additional support need (£s)

Aberdeen City

3,268

Aberdeenshire

2,326

Angus

4,431

Argyll & Bute

3,710

Clackmannanshire

4,614

Dumfries & Galloway

3,024

Dundee City

3,267

East Ayrshire

2,934

East Dunbartonshire

3,998

East Lothian

4,171

East Renfrewshire

2,940

Edinburgh City

2,697

Na h-Eileanan Siar

4,571

Falkirk

3,474

Fife

3,078

Glasgow City

4,157

Highland

3,312

Inverclyde

3,414

Midlothian

4,854

Moray

3,138

North Ayrshire

2,691

North Lanarkshire

4,879

Orkney Islands

4,440

Perth & Kinross

2,440

Renfrewshire

5,221

Scottish Borders

2,391

Shetland Islands

6,052

South Ayrshire

5,024

South Lanarkshire

3,191

Stirling

2,291

West Dunbartonshire

3,620

West Lothian

2,650

Sources:

1. Local Financial Returns – Education (LFR 1) statistical return provided by local
authorities to the Scottish Government.

2. Pupil Census – published annually - for further details go to;
http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/School-Education/dspupcensus


Current Status: Answered by John Swinney on 05/03/2019
 
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