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MINISTERS were accused last night of failing to deliver improvements in schools despite the fact that state education spending in Scotland is now £1,000 per pupil higher than it is south of the Border.
Scottish Executive figures yesterday showed education spending was £4.2 billion in 2004-5, an increase of £300 million on the year before.
Broken down, that worked out at £3,855 per primary pupil and £5,428 for every child in secondary school. Nationwide, that equates to an average of £4,641 per pupil.
In England, local education authorities will spend £3,411 per pupil in 2005-6, rising to £3,643 the following year.
Spending on state education in Scotland is also edging closer to independent school levels, where the average non-boarding fee in 2004-5 was £5,820.