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Schools' census results

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  • Release date: 25 July 2018
  • Period covered: As at January 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 2018.

Key points

  • Overall, there were 26 fewer Local Authority maintained schools than at January 2017. This is mainly due to school mergers.
  • There were 604 more pupils (467,112) in LA maintained schools than at January 2017.
  • The percentage of pupils aged 5-15 known to be eligible for free meals has decreased from 17.8 in January 2017 to 17.4 in January 2018.
  • There were 23,871 full-time equivalent qualified teachers in maintained schools, 39 fewer than at January 2017.
  • 8.1 per cent of pupils (8,695) were in infant classes of over 30 pupils – down from 8.2 per cent (8,794) in January 2017.
  • 61 per cent of teachers took sickness absence during 2017, compared to 63 per cent in 2016.


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