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Schools' census results

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  • Release date: 27 July 2016
  • Period covered: 2016
An annual report that presents data collected from the Pupil Level Annual School Census, with additional information on the schools and their teachers and support staff.

Key points

  • Overall, there were 21 fewer local authority (LA) maintained schools than at January 2015.
  • The total number of pupils in LA maintained schools was 466,555, a rise of 851 pupils since January 2015.
  • The numbers of pupils aged 5 to 10 have increased to 207,328 in 2016 compared to 203,847 in 2015. The numbers of pupils aged under 5 have been increasing since 2006.
  • The percentage of pupils of compulsory school age in LA maintained schools known to be eligible for free school meals in 2016 was 18.4 per cent – down from 18.8 per cent in 2015.
  • There were 24,235.8 full-time equivalent qualified teachers in LA maintained schools, 275.0 fewer than at January 2015.
  • 7.6 per cent of pupils (8,196) were in infant classes of over 30 pupils, up from 7.3 per cent in January 2015.
  • 61 per cent of teachers took sickness absence during 2015, compared with 62 per cent during 2014.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 029 2082 5068
Email: school.stats@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Media
Tel: 029 2089 8099

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