Statistics on the school workforce are published as School Workforce in England (including pupil: teacher ratios and pupil: adult ratios), January 2008 (Provisional) and include provisional data from England covering teacher numbers and vacancies, sickness absence and ethnicity.
The latest statistics are for January 2008 and update those previously released on 27 September 2007.
The key points from the latest release are:
- In January 2008, results for state funded schools show that the full time equivalent (FTE) number of teachers rose by 1,900 (0.4%) to reach 441,200 compared to January 2007.
- In the state funded sector, the total number of support staff rose by 18,200 to 326,400 in January 2008. Within this, the number of teaching assistants rose by 13,000 to 176,900 and the number of administrative staff, technicians and other support staff rose by 5,000 to 149,500.
- Teacher vacancies in LA maintained nursery/primary, secondary and special schools went up by 470 to 2,510 in January 2008 compared to January 2007.
- The overall pupil: teacher ratio (PTR) for the state funded sector was 16.8 in January 2008, compared to 17.0 in 2007. In the LA maintained sector the PTR was 16.9 in January 2008 compared to 17.1 in 2007.
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