- 96,961 registrations in 2,514 early learning & childcare centres
- 396,697 pupils in 2,031 primary schools
- 280,983 pupils in 359 secondary schools
- 6,735 pupils in 141 special schools
50,970 teachers (full-time equivalent, including
13.7 pupil teacher ratio in schools
Overall, pupil numbers and teacher numbers have both increased this year, although the Pupil Teacher Ratio ( PTR) in publicly funded schools remained at 13.7. The rise in teacher numbers was due to a substantial increase in the number of teachers in primary schools. This resulted in the primary PTR improving from 16.7 to 16.6. The number of early learning & childcare, secondary, special and centrally employed teachers reduced, but these reductions were not of the same magnitude as the increase in primary teachers. The PTR for both secondary and special schools remained the same as in 2015 (12.2 and 3.6 respectively).
Table 2.1: Schools, pupils, teachers and pupil teacher ratios ( PTR) for all publicly funded schools by school sector, 2010 to 2016
|Total (excluding ELC)||673,133||670,511||671,218||673,530||676,955||680,007||684,415|
|Centrally employed (school)||714||881||1,176||1,170||1,186||1,283||1,239|
|Total school (excluding ELC)||50,498||49,907||49,867||49,790||49,521||49,679||49,985|
|Total (including ELC)||52,022||51,368||51,253||51,078||50,720||50,717||50,970|
|Pupil Teacher Ratios|
|Publicly funded schools (3)||13.3||13.4||13.5||13.5||13.7||13.7||13.7|
|Total based in schools (4)||13.5||13.7||13.8||13.9||14.0||14.1||14.0|
(1) ELC centre count includes local authority and partnership centres, and ELC teacher figures include ELC home visiting. 2010, 2011, 2012 ELC and primary figures were revised in 2013. See background note 4.
(2) 2015 primary school and pupil figures were updated in February 2016. See background note 2 for details.
(3) All school-based and centrally employed teachers contribute to this ratio. Includes grant aided pupils and teachers.
(4) Excludes centrally employed teachers.