Education services grant

Documents outlining how the education services grant (ESG) is calculated for academies.

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This content has been replaced by the ‘Education services grant 2014 to 2015’.



The education services grant (ESG) is allocated to local authorities and academies on a simple per-pupil basis according to the number of pupils for whom they are responsible. This removes the link between the amount spent on education services by individual local authorities and the funding allocations for academies.

The funding for the ESG comes from a transfer from local government. The government took the decision to reduce the level of the transfer in order to protect local authorities who are now spending less on education services on a national basis.

The ESG calculator on this page can be used by schools converting to academy status from 1 September 2013. It provides an estimate of the ESG funding that an academy will receive in the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

Provisional local authority ESG allocations for the 2013 to 2014 financial year can also be found in the attached spreadsheet on this page.

The technical note gives further background information about how the grant is calculated and the data it’s based on.

Published 7 March 2013