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Schools' census results

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  • Release date: 23 July 2015
  • Period covered: 2015
  • Next update: July 2015
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 38 fewer LA maintained schools than at January 2014.
  • The total number of pupils in LA maintained schools was 465,704, a rise of 623 pupils since January 2014.
  • The numbers of pupils aged 5 to 10 have increased to 203,847 in 2015 compared to 200,580 in 2014. 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 was 18.8 per cent in 2015 – down from 19.1 per cent in 2014.
  • There were 24,510.8 full-time equivalent qualified teachers in LA maintained schools, a decrease of 311.7 over the year.
  • There were 24,441.0 full-time equivalent support staff in LA maintained schools, an increase of 86.5 staff in the last year and continuing the trend of recent years.
  • 7.3 per cent of pupils (7,835) were in infant classes of over 30 pupils, up from 6.9 per cent in January 2014.


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