Schools' top budget marksBy Jon Nurse
July 02, 2012
Wokingham schools are among the five best areas in the country for efficient budget spending, new research has found.
Research by the Schools’ Buying Club (SBC) of every primary and secondary school in England has found Wokingham schools have an average spend of £452 per pupil.
The total is only £21 more than Derbyshire, the country’s most efficient spending area.
The worst performing area, Birmingham, has an average spend of £1,130 per pupil.
Claire Delaney of SBC said: “Taken at face value, it could be argued that pupils in the worst performing areas are benefitting from this increased spend.
“However, scratch the surface and evidence shows that millions of pounds are being wasted through poor procurement practices as opposed to being reinvested into children’s education. In these difficult financial times every penny counts for a school.”
SBC believes that if schools undertook better spending practices or clubbed together regionally, they could each on average plough back up to £100 per pupil to pay for more teaching and learning resources.