Statistics - national statistics

Schools, pupils and their characteristics: January 2011

This statistical first release (SFR) is based upon information collected in the 2011 school census.

Documents

Main text: SFR12/2011

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Main national tables: SFR12/2011

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Local authority tables: SFR12/2011

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Additional tables 1: SFR12/2011

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Additional tables 2: SFR12/2011

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Pre-release access list: SFR12/2011

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Underlying data: SFR12/2011

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Detail

Reference id: SFR12/2011

Publication type: statistical first release

Publication data: underlying statistical data

Local authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release date: 22 June 2011

Coverage status: final

Publication status: published

This release includes information on:

  • the number of schools and pupils
  • tables showing the number of pupils by:
    • age
    • gender
    • free school meal eligibility
    • ethnicity
    • first language
    • gifted and talented status
    • mode of travel

It also includes a range of class size information.

School types included in this publication are:

  • state-funded
    • primary
    • secondary
    • special schools
  • independent schools
  • pupil referral units
  • alternative provision

In previous years this release has been published with provisional data in May and updated with final data in June, however this year this has been rationalised into 1 release of final data in June.

The main points from this release are:

  • in January 2011 there were around 8.1 million pupils (headcount) in all schools in England
  • in maintained nursery, state-funded primary, secondary and special schools overall the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals increased
  • in both state-funded primary and secondary schools the proportion of pupils classified as being of minority ethnic origin increased
  • in both state-funded primary and secondary schools the proportion of pupils whose first language was believed to be other than English increased
  • the average size of key stage 1 and key stage 2 classes taught by one teacher increased
  • the average size of classes taught by one teacher in state-funded primary schools increased slightly, while the average size of classes taught by one teacher in state-funded secondary schools decreased slightly

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