Classroom Assistants: Cumbria

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th September 2018.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teaching assistants were employed in primary schools in each parliamentary constituency in Cumbria in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers were employed in primary schools in each parliamentary constituency in Cumbria in each of the last 10 years.

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

The table in Annex A, attached, provides information for the full-time equivalent (FTE) number and head count number of teaching assistants and teachers in service in state-funded nursery and primary schools in each parliamentary constituency within Cumbria from November 2011 to November 2017. These figures are publicly available in the underlying data files in each of the publications: ‘School Workforce in England’. This is available at the following web link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-workforce.

Comparable figures for parliamentary constituency and phase are only available for teaching assistant numbers and teacher numbers from November 2010 when the annual ‘School Workforce Census’ was introduced. The previous source was the ‘Form616g’ survey which was available at local authority level only.

Figures for FTE teaching assistants in Cumbria local authority show a rise from 900 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2017. It should be noted, however, that these figures could be partly driven by an increase in the percentage of schools that have responded in each year. Totals for England are adjusted to provide an estimate in each year for non-responding schools. The trend is similar for England, showing a consistent rise from 136,900 in 2011 to 176,200 thousand in 2017.

Information on teaching assistants and teachers in service in state-funded nursery and primary schools in parliamentary constituencies in Cumbria and England is derived from the annual School Workforce Census. This is publicly available in the publications ‘School Workforce Census’.

Trends in the number of full-time equivalent teaching assistants and teachers in Cumbria local authority and England are shown in the table in Annex B, which is also attached.

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