Pupil Numbers

Department for Education written question – answered on 27th April 2017.

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Photo of Charlotte Leslie Charlotte Leslie Conservative, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the difference is between the number of pupils currently studying in England and the number forecasted in 2015.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department publishes both pupil level projections and, separately, data on the numbers in school on an annual basis. The most recent figures on the numbers in school are from January 2016 school census and can be found in the statistical first release available at:


The 2015 projection of the 2016 school population (published at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-pupil-projections-trends-in-pupil-numbers-july-2015), and the equivalent school census figures, are given in the table below.

Projected and actual school population, January 2016, England

Full-time equivalent figures up to and including age 15

All schools1

State funded schools2

2016 census



2015 projection for 2016




1 State funded nursery, primary, secondary, special and alternative provisions schools, plus independent and non-maintained special schools

2 As 1 but omitting independent and non-maintained special schools

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