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TEACHERS IN SERVICE: PROVISIONAL JANUARY 1997 STATISTICS

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This press notice provides provisional data on the numbers of teachers in service in the LEA maintained and grant-m...
This press notice provides provisional data on the numbers of teachers in service in the LEA maintained and grant-maintained (GM) sectors in England in January 1997. Data for previous years are also included.

SUMMARY

Provisional estimates of teacher numbers in England in January 1997 show:

-- There were 393,800 full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers employed in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools (MNPS) sectors in January 1997 - an increase of 0.1% since 1996.

-- Compared to the department's latest projections of pupil numbers in the MNPS sector, this implies an increase in the overall pupil:teacher ratio (PTR) from 18.5 in 1996 to 18.7 in 1997.

-- In the nursery and primary sector, teacher numbers increased by 400 FTEs to reach 200,000 in January 1997.

-- In the secondary sector, January 1997 teacher numbers were about the same as in 1996 at 193,800 FTE.

-- The GM sector continued to grow. The total FTE number of teachers in GM primary and secondary schools at January 1997 was 43,400 compared to 41,700 at January 1996. There were a further 300 FTE teachers in GM special schools in 1997.

-- There were 15,500 FTE teachers in maintained special schools (including GM schools) in January 1997, a fall of 1.2% since 1996. The number of teachers providing education elsewhere than in MNPS or special schools remained virtually unchanged at 3,400 FTE in January 1997.

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