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Statistics on the size and characteristics of the school workforce as at November 2019 (provsional).

These are experimental statistics as the data in this report relates to information collected in the first School Workforce Annual Census (SWAC) for Wales as at November 2019. The report does not relate to the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Teachers

  • There were 26,882 teachers in local authority maintained settings in Wales at November 2019. Of these, 25,492 were qualified teachers.
  • 75.2% of all teachers in maintained local authority settings were female. 
  • The highest proportion of teachers were aged between 30 and 39 (32.7%). 3.7% of all teachers in local authority maintained settings were aged under 25. 
  • 30.5% of all teachers in local authority maintained settings reported their Welsh language ability as ‘Advanced’ or ‘Proficient’.
  • 24.9% of all teachers were on the main pay range and 59.6% on the upper pay range. 13.9% were on the leadership pay range.
  • The average (mean) full-time equivalent (FTE) salary for all teachers in local authority maintained settings was £40,113.

Support staff

  • There were 29,756 support staff in local authority maintained school settings in Wales at November 2019, of which there were 16,157 Teaching Assistants.
  • 90.7% of support staff in maintained local authority settings were female. 
  • The highest proportion of support staff were aged between 50 and 59 (28.4%). 6.0% of support staff in local authority maintained settings were aged under 25. 
  • 17.2% of support staff in local authority maintained settings reported their Welsh language ability as ‘Advanced’ or ‘Proficient’.
  • More detailed information on the school workforce, including data broken down by local authority, will be published on this website and StatsWales on 26 August 2020.

Teachers and teaching assistants shielding during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Information from SWAC has also been used to undertake initial analysis to provide an estimate of the number of teachers and teaching assistants working in schools that are included in the shielded population list. For this analysis workforce information from the local authority and school SWAC returns was linked to the shielded patient list using first name, last name and date of birth as the linking fields. This work was undertaken to address urgent operational needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 459 teachers working in schools in Wales are on the shielded patient list. This represents 1.6% of all teachers in Wales
  • 574 teaching assistants working in schools in Wales are on the shielded patient list. This represents 2.3% of teaching assistants in Wales.

The figures for the analysis above include teachers and teaching assistants who were employed in a school on census date, as well those employed centrally by local authorities. Therefore, care should be taken when comparing the figures presented against the total headcount staff figures due to differences in methodology used.

The ‘Shielding teachers and teaching assistants during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic report provides further information on this analysis.

Quality and methodology information

The statistics in this headline are based on information collected in the first SWAC collection and as such are published as ‘experimental statistics’. The information collected for 2019 has not undergone a formal final validation process. However, various stages of automated validation and sense-checking are built into the process to ensure a high quality of data to inform policy making.

Our ‘School Workforce Annual Census: background information’ report provides further detail of key quality and methodology information.

Contact

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