Secondary Education: Teachers

Department for Education written question – answered at on 18 July 2023.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the average staff to student ratio was in secondary schools (a) nationally and (b) in Enfield North constituency in (i) 2019, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2021 and (iv) 2022.

Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers in Enfield North constituency have left the profession in the last (a) one, (b) two and (c) five years.

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

Information on the school workforce, including the number of teachers leaving service nationally and pupil to adult and pupil to teacher ratios at national, regional and local authority level, is published in the ‘School Workforce in England’ statistical publication here: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-workforce-in-england.

The requested figures for teachers leaving service by parliamentary constituency are not available.

As at November 2022, the latest data available, there were over 468,000 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers in state funded schools in England, an increase of 27,000 (6%) since 2010. This makes the highest number of FTE teachers since the school workforce census began in 2010.

The Department has taken action to improve teacher workload, working with teachers and head teachers to understand and address longstanding issues around marking, planning and data management. The Department continues to work proactively with the sector to understand the drivers behind workload and wellbeing issues, and to improve policies and interventions.

The Department is supporting schools to act and remove unhelpful practice that creates unnecessary workload. The School Workload Reduction Toolkit, developed alongside head teachers, is a helpful resource for schools to review and reduce workload. Further information on the workload reduction toolkit can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/school-workload-reduction-toolkit.

The Department also worked in partnership with the education sector and mental health experts to create the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter, which the Department is encouraging schools to sign up to as a shared commitment to promote staff wellbeing. So far, 2,600 schools have signed up to the Charter. The Charter is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-staff-wellbeing-charter.

The table below provides the pupil to adult ratio and the pupil to teacher ratio for state funded secondary schools in Enfield North constituency and England for academic years 2019/20 to 2022/23.

Pupil to adult and pupil to teacher ratios for state-funded secondary schools1 in Enfield North constituency and England, by year

2019/20 to 2022/232

Enfield North constituency

England

Pupil to adult ratio3,5

Pupil to teacher ratio4,5

Pupil to adult ratio3,5

Pupil to teacher ratio4,5

2019/20

11.6

15.8

11.9

16.6

2020/21

11.6

15.8

11.9

16.6

2021/22

12.2

16.4

11.9

16.7

2022/23

12.4

16.8

12.0

16.8

Source: School Workforce Census.

1. Includes one all-through school.

2. Workforce data as at November and pupils data as at the following January. For instance, 2019/20 relates to November 2019 workforce and January 2020 pupils.

3. Pupil to adult ratio includes teachers and support staff (excluding administrative and auxiliary staff).

4. Pupil to teacher ratio includes all teachers.

5. The ratios are calculated using pupil numbers taken from the publication, Schools, Pupils and their Characteristics, available at: https://explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk/find-statistics/school-pupils-and-their-characteristics.

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