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Education and Skills written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) teacher to pupil ratio and (b) classroom assistant to pupil ratio was in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in (A) Peterborough constituency, (B) Peterborough city council area and (C) England in each year since 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 shows pupil to teacher ratios and pupil to teaching assistant ratios in maintained nursery/primary and secondary schools in Peterborough constituency, Peterborough local authority and England, January 1997 to 2007.

Pupil:teacher ratios and pupil:teaching assistant ratios( 1) in maintained primary and secondary schools in Peterborough constituency, Peterborough local authority and England, January 1997 to 2007( 2)
Peterborough constituency Peterborough local authority( 3) England
Primary Secondary Primary Secondary Primary Secondary
1997( 3)
Pupil:teacher ratio 23.9 16.5 n/a n/a 23.4 16.7
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 82.8 112.8 n/a n/a 107.4 388.9
1998( 3)
Pupil:teacher ratio 24.4 16.5 n/a n/a 23.7 16.9
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 69.4 94.9 n/a n/a 100.6 342.4
1999
Pupil:teacher ratio 24.3 16.3 24.2 16.7 23.5 17.0
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 84.0 88.3 27.8 152.2 96.8 294.8
2000
Pupil:teacher ratio 23.3 16.6 23.2 17.1 23.3 17.2
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 55.6 78.1 25.9 114.7 83.7 255.5
2001
Pupil:teacher ratio 23.4 16.9 23.0 17.2 22.9 17.1
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 49.7 71.8 18.9 88.4 67.3 209.0
2002
Pupil:teacher ratio 23.3 16.6 22.9 17.3 22.5 16.9
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 37.7 67.1 27.3 56.8 60.8 167.2
2003
Pupil:teacher ratio 23.7 16.6 23.1 17.4 22.6 17.0
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 32.1 79.2 17.6 53.6 52.2 148.5
2004
Pupil:teacher ratio 23.8 16.3 23.2 17.0 22.7 17.0
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 32.6 63.2 16.7 43.2 47.4 131.2
2005
Pupil:teacher ratio 22.8 16.4 22.5 16.9 22.5 16.7
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 27.7 50.0 14.5 36.5 42.6 110.6
2006
Pupil:teacher ratio 22.4 16.3 21.9 16.5 22.0 16.6
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio 25.2 39.6 13.0 33.3 41.6 98.7
2007( 2, 4)
Pupil:teacher ratio n/a n/a n/a n/a 21.8 16.5
Pupil:teaching assistant ratio n/a n/a n/a n/a 38.5 91.7
n/a = Not available.

(1) Teaching assistants include teaching assistants, special needs support staff and minority ethnic pupil support staff.

(2) 2007 local authority and parliamentary constituency level data will be available in September 2007.

(3) Peterborough became a new authority in 1999 and is therefore not included in the 1997 and 1998 figures.

(4) Provisional.

Source:

Annual School Census

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