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Since 1st January 2016*, State-funded Education has approximately cost the taxpayer...

The figure is updated every 90 seconds. Sources, notes, & caveats can be found below.

Key Facts

Full-time Teachers³


Total State Pupils²


Cost per Second¹


Cost per Minute


Cost per Hour


Cost per Day


Sources & Notes


All sources used to create the figures are listed below. Figures include inflation (averaged) using the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Composite Price Index (CPI) for 2016 - 2017. Figures are provided in good faith and for general reference purposes only.

³ = This figure represents the total combined number of full-time teachers reported by the Department for Education in addition to devolved administrations' own figures and is an approximation. The figures are from 2016 and 2017 reports (sourced below).

¹ = As stated, figures are rounded where required. For example, the actual cost per second is £2,660.018584193937. Figures provided in the Key Facts section are rounded accordingly. Full data available upon request.

² = This figure is taken from the total reported pupils in non-private education from all regions of the UK (sourced below).

* = The latest data provided is for the 2016/2017 period.


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Notes & Caveats

Calculations made using figures from UK Government and devolved administrations' own reports. The following must be considered when verifying the data:

  • 52 weeks per year, rather than 52.14.
  • 365 days per year, rather than 365.24
  • The total expenditure for state education is difficult to calculate due the various ways education budgets are allocated throughout the UK and what those funds are spent on. For example, the Central Government (UK) claims that £69,288,000,000 was spent on education in 2016 – 2017, however, devolved administrations can increase spending from independent budgets where deemed a requirement, meaning the figures can be interpreted in a number of different ways.
  • For our calculations, we have taken the total Central Funding figures and combined these with figures stated in annual budgetary expenditure reports from devolved administrations.
  • The figures exclude pension provisions and allocations unless specified.
  • Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.

In Addition

The sources used list specific information to consider:

Local authority gross spend on schools, education and children and young people’s services for 2016-17 is £40.3 billion, a reduction of £0.7 billion from 2015-16 (in nominal terms). Not adjusting for inflation, spending has fallen by 28% since 2010-11, while the number of local authority maintained schools fell by 25% over the same period.

Department for Education (England only)

The application of the Barnett formula has shielded the Northern Ireland Budget from the worst of the reductions faced by Whitehall departments however the Northern Ireland Resource and Capital DEL envelopes broadly mirror the overall UK position. This means that Northern Ireland Resource DEL funding levels will continue to see cash increases but a real terms decline in 2016-17 and over the coming years, bringing increased challenges to Ministers as they seek to deliver services within restricted budget envelopes.


The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals in primary, middle, secondary and special schools has fluctuated over the last decade, generally decreasing from 2004 to 2008 and then increasing year on year to 2011. There has been a decrease between 2013 and 2017.

Statistics for Wales - Welsh Government