Learning curve: The introduction of the National Funding Formula is set to increase revenue

The Primary Education industry consists of approximately 26,500 schools. Approximately 93% of primary school pupils attend state-funded schools and academies, with the remainder enrolled at independent schools. Industry revenue is mostly derived from government funding, either distributed directly to establishments or via local education authorities. The remainder of industry revenue consists of tuition fees and donations from children enrolled in privately funded independent schools. IBISWorld expects industry revenue to decrease at a compound annual rate of 1% over the five years through 2019-20 to £32.5 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The National Funding Formula raised per-pupil funding, creating a stable environment
  • The number of primary schools operating as academies has increased over the past five years
  • The NFF is intended to remove funding discrepancies and accommodate growth in pupil numbers
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    There are high barriers to entering this industry, largely because there is significant government regulation. Most UK primary school pupils attend maintained schools, which are controlled by the governments of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The decision to establish a new school is based on factors such as population growth, age demographics and existing school facilities.Regulation applies not only to maintained schools but to privately funded independent schools as well. Complying with government requirements and regulations involves ongoing administrative costs, which may prove a deterrent to new entrants. Lan...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Primary Education Industry

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

  • Proximity to key markets
  • Ability to attract local support/patronage
  • Having a good reputation
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Public-sector funding for pre-tertiary education and Population aged 10 years and under in the Primary Education industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Primary Education Industry?

    Operators in the industry provide education and academic coursesfor children aged between four and 11. Primary schools cover the Foundation Stages and Key Stages 1 and 2, which provide students with an elementary understanding ofcore subjects. Most primary schools are publicly funded and do not charge tuition, but the industry does include privately funded independent schools.

    Industry Products
  • Community schools
  • Voluntary schools
  • Foundation schools
  • Academies and free schools
  • Independent schools
  • Special schools
  • Industry Activities
  • Operating primary schools
  • 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 10 years and under
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from child day-care centres

  • Current Performance
  • Funding reforms
  • Increasing independence
  • Expansion of academies
  • School structures
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • National funding
  • Staffing concerns
  • Revised future
  • Table: Primary Education Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Retailers
  • Computer & Peripheral Equipment Wholesaling
  • Food-Service Contractors
  • General Building Cleaning
  • Paper Stationery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Community schools
  • Voluntary schools
  • Academies and free schools
  • Independent schools
  • Special schools
  • Foundation schools
  • Chart: Primary Education Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Five-year-olds
  • Six-year-olds
  • Seven-year-olds
  • Eight-year-olds
  • Nine-year-olds
  • Four-year-olds
  • 10-year-olds
  • 11-year-olds
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Primary Education Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Primary 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 Primary 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 Primary Education Industry
  • 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
  • Former students of an educational establishment.
  • Co-Educational School
  • A school in which both boys and girls are admitted to all classes.
  • Key Stage
  • A stage in the educational system. Key Stages 1 and 2 apply to primary-level education.
  • Maintained School
  • A school financially supported by the state.
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