Secondary Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any reduction in the number of (1) teachers, and (2) teaching assistants, in the secondary school sector in England since 2015; if so, by how many; and what assessment they have made of the impact of any such reductions on children's future education.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Information on the number of teachers and support staff in secondary schools is provided in the School workforce in England statistical first release. This is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/school-workforce-in-england-november-2016.

Year

Full-time equivalent numbers in state funded secondary schools, November each year

Teachers

Teaching assistant

20001

194,300

12,500

20112

215,200

52,800

20152

210,900

52,300

20162

208,200

50,100

1. Source - Form 618g. Figures are as at January 2000.

2. Source - Figures are taken from the School Workforce Census and are as at November.

In June 2018 the data for November 2017 is expected to be published.

The department makes an annual assessment of the need for new teachers through the Teacher Supply Model. The model makes use of the latest available data on the school workforce, projected growth in pupil numbers and policy changes.

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