A tough test: Though overall funding has grown, real-terms cuts have threatened the industry

Industry operators generally provide education to students between 11 and 18 years of age. The majority of schools are funded by the government or by local education authorities, although the industry also includes privately funded independent schools, which are expected to be the main driver of industry growth over the five years through 2019-20. The majority of secondary schools are either academies, which are state-funded but operate independently of local authorities, or maintained schools, which are controlled by local authorities. Both operate according to government guidelines and are therefore directly influenced by government policy...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£49bn
Annual Growth 15-20
1.9%
Forecast Growth 20-25
Profit
Employment
699,085
Businesses
4,172
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A rise in the size of the secondary school-age population has raised industry demand
  • Plans to convert all schools to academies have been met with public concern
  • Restrictive migration proposals could affect the influx of international students to UK schools
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The nature of the industry means that establishments are distributed in a similar pattern to the population. State secondary education services are provided by the devolved governments of the United Kingdom and administered by local authorities. The population of school-age children in a given area influences the location of schools, as school attendance is compulsory until the age of 18, unless students opt for an apprenticeship or traineeship after the age of 16.The geographic spread of secondary schools varies between types of schools. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) 2019 census stated that approximately 52% of ISC schools are located in London, the South East and Central regions. Whi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the General Secondary Education Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the General Secondary Education Industry are

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Proximity to transport
  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Public-sector funding for pre-tertiary education and Population aged 11 to 19 years in the General Secondary Education industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the General Secondary Education Industry?

    The industry covers education at the secondary level. Secondary schools typically include the years seven to 11 and may also include years 12 and 13, which are commonly known as sixth form. All-through schools, which combine primary and secondary education, are also included. The majority of secondary schools, such as grammar schools, non-selective comprehensive schools and academies, are state funded, but the industry also includes privately funded independent schools.

    Industry Products
  • LEA-maintained schools
  • Special schools
  • Privately funded schools
  • Academies
  • Other schools
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating secondary schools
  • Operating sixth form colleges
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Public-sector funding for pre-tertiary education
  • Population aged 11 to 19 years
  • Participation of 16-18 year olds in full-time education
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Real-terms funding
  • Academic growth
  • Grammar checks
  • A new formula
  • Private schools profit
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Funding constraints
  • Increased enrolment and academy chains
  • Pressure and profit
  • Table: General Secondary Education Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - General Secondary Education Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bus & Tramway Operations
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Food-Service Contractors
  • General Building Cleaning
  • Paper Stationery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Academies
  • LEA-maintained schools
  • Privately funded schools
  • Other schools
  • Special schools
  • Chart: General Secondary Education Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • 15-year-old pupils
  • 14-year-old pupils
  • 13-year-old pupils
  • 12-year-old pupils
  • 11-year-old pupils
  • 16-year-old pupils
  • 17-year-old pupils
  • Pupils aged 18 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the General Secondary Education Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    WagesPurchasesProfitDepreciationMarketingOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs General Secondary Education

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the General Secondary Education Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    There are no major players in this industry. This report includes analysis of other companies.
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the General Secondary Education Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the General Secondary Education Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Academy
  • A government-funded school that operates independently of its local education authority.
  • Independent Schools Council (Isc)
  • A not-for-profit organisation that represents the interests of more than 1,300 independent schools. It also provides schools with research, legal advice, regulatory advice and press services.
  • Maintained School
  • A school financially supported by the state.
  • Ofsted
  • Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills.
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