National projections for the number of pupils in schools by type of school and age group.
Reference Id: OSR15/2010
Publication Type: Statistical Release
Release Date: 24 June 2010
Coverage status: Provisional
Publication Status: Published
Findings presented here update those published in March 2010 (OSR 08/2010) and are based on mid-2008 based population projections from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) with trends in pupil numbers derived from data collected via the school census (January 2010).
ONS population projections are based on assumptions about future levels of migration. Included in this report is an impact assessment of varying these migration assumptions on projected pupil numbers.
This is not a national statistics publication. The statistics are presented as latest available findings and have been released to help planning, to study trends and to inform a variety of programmes and initiatives.
The key points from this release are:
- Overall pupil numbers (aged up to and including 15) in state funded schools are in decline but they are projected to increase from 2011 onwards.
- Pupil numbers in maintained nursery and primary schools have started to rise and are expected to continue to rise. By 2018 numbers are projected to reach levels last seen in the late 1970s.
- State funded secondary school rolls started to decline after 2004 and are expected to decline further until around 2015 (when the increases in primary pupil numbers start to flow through).
- If net migration is assumed to be zero when projecting the population for England, almost 13,000 fewer pupils aged 5 to 15 (some 0.2 %) are projected to be in state funded schools in 2014.