according to new official figures published today by secretary of
state for education and skills Charles Clarke.
details the numbers of teachers and support staff in schools in 2004
* teacher numbers have increased by 4,200 since 2003, bringing the
total number of full-time equivalent teachers to 427,800 - 28,600
more since 1997 and the highest number since 1981;
* teacher vacancies have fallen by 740 with the largest falls in
secondary schools vacancies this year occurring in English,
Mathematics, Science and Modern Languages;
* the growth in teacher numbers includes 1,800 more teachers with
qualified teacher status, 1,800 more people currently on employment
based routes to qualified teacher status, the large majority of whom
are graduates, and a slow down in the growth of Overseas Trained
Teachers and Instructors;
* an increase of 4,300 teachers in secondary schools; and a small
decrease in the number of primary school teachers attributed to a
continuing fall in the number of primary school pupils - 53,100 fewer
pupils in the last year;
* the number of support staff such as teaching assistants,
administrative staff and technicians has increased by 16,300 to reach
241,700. The number of teaching assistants has more than doubled
The Statistical First Release: Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes
in Maintained Schools in England 2004 shows:
* a slight increase in the number of pupils in nursery and primary
schools who are eligible for free school meals;
* an overall decrease in average class sizes from 26.3 to 26.2 pupils
per class in primary schools and from 21.9 to 21.8 pupils per class
in secondary schools;
* 1.2% of Key Stage 1 classes (459 out of a total of 38,879 classes)
are exceeding class size regulations, of which 0.1% did not comply
with class size regulations.
* the proportion of pupils with statements of special educational
need has remained the same.
Mr Clarke welcomed the figures:
'We have more teachers and more support staff in schools than at any
time since 1981. Today's figures continue the trend of significant
increases in teacher and support staff numbers since 1997.
'I of course accept that a number of schools in certain areas of the
country faced difficulties last year, but today's figures confirm
that the measures we have introduced to restore stability and
certainty to school budgets are addressing this. They also
categorically prove that last summer's partial surveys predicting
mass teacher and support staff redundancies were wrong.
'Ofsted told us last year that we had the best generation of trainee
teachers ever, and so I am particularly pleased that we have more
qualified teachers entering the profession this year. I am also
encouraged by the number of graduates currently on training schemes
who are set to follow their colleagues into the profession in the
near future. Teaching remains a popular and rewarding career choice
attracting people of the highest calibre.
'The continuing increase in teacher numbers alongside the increase in
support staff nails the lie that workforce reform is replacing
teachers. 427,800 teachers, fully supported in the classroom by
241,700 support staff, are delivering rising standards and meeting
the individual learning needs of young people. The whole of the
school workforce deserves full credit for their achievements.'
This Press Notice applies to England.
1. This Press Notice refers to Statistical First Release 09/2004
School Workforce in England (including pupil: teacher ratios and
pupil : adult ratios) January 2004 (Provisional) and Statistical
First Release 08/2004 Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in
maintained Schools in England, January 2004 (P rovisional).
2. The SFR School Workforce in England is based on statistics from
the Annual Survey of Teachers in Service and Teacher Vacancies (618G)
and the Annual Schools' Census (ASC). Both surveys take place on the
third Thursday of January each year.
3. The SFR Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes is based upon
information collected in the Annual Schools' Census.
4. Qualified Teachers are those who have been awarded Qualified
Teacher Status (QTS) either by successfully completing a course of
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or through other approved routes.
5. Teachers are comprised of the following:
* teachers with QTS or with the equivalent gained elsewhere in the
* teachers without QTS, but with a professional qualification gained
outside the EEA;
* instructors without QTS, but with special qualifications in or
experience of a particular subject;
* teachers on employment based routes to QTS (ie. those on Graduate
Teaching Programme, the Registered Teachers Programme, the Overseas
Trained Teachers Programme or the Teach First Scheme). The vast
majority of those teachers without qualified teacher status
represented in this year's figures are those of the employment based
routes programme and the majority of these are graduates. Since the
survey was conducted, almost 570 participants in these programmes
have actually been awarded QTS.
6. Table 2 of the SFR provides regional teacher numbers on a
different basis to previous SFRs (now regular teachers only).
Comparable FTEs by region can be found in Table A2 in 'Statistics of
Education: School Workforce in England' 2003 edition.