Teaching Assistants: County Durham

Education and Skills written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Roberta Blackman-Woods Roberta Blackman-Woods PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong, Minister of State (Cabinet)), Cabinet Office

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants there are in County Durham; and how many there were in 1997.

Photo of Jim Knight Jim Knight Minister of State (Schools and 14-19 Learners), Department for Education and Skills, Minister of State (Education and Skills) (Schools and 14-19 Learners)

The following table provides the full-time equivalent number of teaching assistants employed in local authority maintained schools in the former County Durham local authority area in January 1997 and 2006.

Full-time equivalent teaching assistants in local authority maintained schools in former County Durham, Darlington and Durham, January 1997 and 2006
1997 2006
Former County Durham 640
Darlington 300
Durham 1,100
Total 640 1,400

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.


Annual School Census.

Durham and Darlington local authorities were created as separate local authorities with responsibilities for education on 1 April 1997. Prior to this date figures for Durham and Darlington were included in the former County Durham local authority area.

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