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Schools' census results

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  • Release date: 26 July 2017
  • Period covered: 2017
  • Next update: July 2018
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.

Statistics on schools, teachers and pupils include data for local authorities (LA) and Wales as at January 2017.

Key points

  • Overall, there were 27 fewer LA maintained schools than at January 2016.
  • The total number of pupils in LA maintained schools was 466,508, a decrease of 47 pupils since January 2016.
  • The numbers of pupils aged 5 to 10 have increased to 210,437 in 2017 compared to 207,328 in 2016. The number of pupils aged under 5 has decreased since January 2016.
  • The percentage of pupils of compulsory school age in LA maintained schools known to be eligible for free school meals in 2017 was 17.8 per cent – down from 18.4 per cent in 2016.
  • There were 23,909.8 full-time equivalent qualified teachers in LA maintained schools, 326.0 fewer than at January 2016.
  • 8.2 per cent of pupils (8,794) were in infant classes of over 30 pupils, up from 7.6 per cent in January 2016.
  • 63 per cent of teachers took sickness absence during 2016, compared with 61 per cent during 2015.


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