Statistics on the size and characteristics of the school workforce in state-funded schools.
Reference Id: SFR06/2012
Publication type: Statistical First Release
Publication data: Local authority data
Local authority data: LA data
Release date: 13 December 2012
Coverage status: Final
Publication status: Recently updated
On 13 December 2012 total school workforce headcount figures for local authorities, regions and England in the underlying data were revised to be consistent with schools figures. Also, the JACS mapping spreadsheet was updated to include some new and updated codes used in the 2011 school workforce census.
Statistics on the school workforce in publicly-funded schools in England for November 2011 are available from this page, together with comparable figures for earlier years.
In April 2012 statistics were published including:
- teacher, teaching assistants and other support staff numbers in service.
- age, gender and ethnicity of teachers, teaching assistants and other support staff.
- teachers’ pay, teacher qualifications and curriculum, teacher vacancies and teacher sickness absence.
This release has been followed by information about the curriculum taught in secondary schools broken down by the qualifications of secondary school teachers, and about pupil-to-teacher and pupil-to-adult ratios, added in July 2012.
Also available from July 2012 are files containing a range of information underlying the national level statistics broken down by region, local authority and for individual schools. These are placed in zip files available to download from this page.
The main points from the figures released in July are:
Teacher qualifications and curriculum
- The majority (94.8%) of teachers held degree-level qualifications or higher. Headteachers and teachers working in nursery and primary schools were more likely to hold Bachelor of Education qualifications than teachers working in other publicly-funded schools.
- Over half (54.4%) of the time spent teaching the curriculum in secondary schools was in English Baccalaureate subjects, ie English, mathematics, history, geography, the sciences and languages.
- 73% of teachers of mathematics to years 7 to 13 held a relevant post A level qualification. Similarly, 78% of English teachers and 91% of teachers of combined/general science held a relevant post A level qualification.
- 84% of the total hours taught of mathematics to years 7 to 13 were by a teacher who held a relevant post A level qualification. 88% of total hours taught of English, and 94% of the total hours taught of combined/general science.
Pupil-to-teacher and pupil-to-adult ratios
- The within school pupil-to-teacher ratios in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools were 21.0 and 15.5 respectively (compared to 20.9 and 15.6 in November 2010). The change may be due to the increasing number of primary school pupils and a reduction in secondary school pupils. Direct comparisons are difficult due to the number of schools that have converted to academy status during the year. The pupil-to-teacher ratio in academies was 16.0 compared to 15.9 in November 2011. This change is due in part to the increase in the proportion of primary academies that tend to have a higher pupil-to-teacher ratio.
- The overall pupil-to-teacher ratio was 17.6 compared to 17.3 in November 2010. The local authority maintained overall pupil-to-teacher ratio has increased in part because the proportion of secondary school pupils and teachers included in this figure has decreased as more schools have converted to academy status.
- The pupil-to-adult ratios in local authority maintained primary and secondary schools was 11.9 and 10.9 respectively.