Put to the test: The government aims to reduce the funding and achievement gaps in education

The Primary Education industry consists of over 25,000 schools throughout the United Kingdom. Approximately 93% of primary school pupils attend state-funded schools and academies, with the remainder enrolled at independent schools. Education funding is fairly well safeguarded from external economic shocks and no radical changes to primary education budgets have been made, despite recently fluctuating economic conditions. This has supported the Primary Education industry by creating a relatively stable operating environment.The government has converted a number of primary schools that had previously been maintained by local authorities into academies, which are centrally funded...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The government aims to raise standards by allowing schools to set their curriculums
  • One of the reforms that has affected primary schools is the expansion of academies
  • Funding for primary education providers is expected to remain relatively ring-fenced
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Primary Education industry has a moderate level of capital intensity as the main expense for schools is wages while capital expenditure is needed to maintain the quality of school estates. Primary schools employ full-time qualified teachers and support staff such as teaching assistants, special needs support staff, secretaries, bursars and technicians. Schools require a particularly high level of labour because pupils must be supervised at all times. The proportion of part-time staff has increased over the past five years as part of a government attempt to increase academic quality in primary schools and increase support in classrooms. Wages are expected to account for 53.5% of revenue in 2018-19.Capital expenditure is low in comparison, with depreciation representing 7.9% o...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 courses for children aged between four and 11. Primary schools cover the foundation stage and Key Stages one and two, which provide students with an elementary understanding of core 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
  • Government funding
  • Privately funded
  • Educational reforms
  • School structures
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Government funding
  • Policy initiatives
  • 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
  • Four-year-olds
  • Six-year-olds
  • Seven-year-olds
  • Eight-year-olds
  • Nine-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
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Primary Education

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • 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 one and two apply to primary-level education.
  • Maintained School
  • A school financially supported by the state.
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