Statistics on Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes are published as Pupil Characteristics and Class Sizes in Maintained Schools in England: January 2008 (Provisional) and include provisional data from England covering free school meal eligibility, ethnicity, first language and special education needs together with a range of class size information.

The latest statistics are for January 2008 and update those previously released on 26 April 2007.

The key points from the latest release are:



  • In January 2008 the full time equivalent (FTE) number of pupils in state funded primary, secondary and special schools stood at around 7.3 million, the same as in 2007, with both the primary and secondary sectors showing a decrease.
  • Provisional figures indicate a decrease in the proportion of pupils in state funded schools known to be eligible for free school meals.
  • In January 2008 some 223,430 (or 2.8 percent of) pupils across all schools in England had statements of SEN. The proportion of pupils with statements of SEN is similar to the proportion in 2007.
  • In January 2008, the average size of classes taught by one teacher in primary schools was 26.2, the same as a year earlier.
  • The average size of classes taught by one teacher in state funded secondary schools was 20.9, which represents a decrease from 21.2 a year earlier.

 

Contact details

Jonathan Andrews
Telephone: 0207 340 7744
Email: infrastructure.statistics@education.gsi.gov.uk