Bigger schools and four other things we learned today

This morning the Department for Education published new statistics about schools, pupils and their characteristics. Tes reports.

The figures show that secondary school class sizes have risen for the fourth consecutive year, with 13 per cent of pupils now in classes with more than 30 pupils.

Here are five other things we learned from the statistics:

  1. The number of pupils in the school system has continued to rise

    There are 87,400 more pupils in the system compared to last year. The number of pupils in state-funded secondary schools rose for the fifth year in a row (69,500 more pupils), and in 2019 secondaries had a much greater increase in population than primaries (10,800 more pupils). There are 6,500 more pupils in special schools, but 900 fewer pupils in independent schools compared to 2018.

  2. Schools are bigger

    The average state-funded primary school now has 282 pupils on its roll, up from 281 pupils in January 2018. Since 2009, the average size of primary schools has increased by 43 pupils, the equivalent of more than 1.5 extra classes per school. The average secondary school now has 965 pupils on its roll, up from 948 pupils in January 2018.

    However, there has not been an increase in the number of so-called ‘titan’ primary schools – those with more than 800 children – there were 129 such schools last year, and there are 128 this year.

5. Black pupils are over-represented in pupil referral units

According to the statistics, there is a greater proportion of black pupils and pupils from mixed ethnic origins in PRUs than in mainstream schools. Black pupils represented 6.8 per cent of those in PRUs, compared to 5.5 per cent in state-funded primary schools and 6 per cent in secondary schools.

Pupils of mixed ethnic origin made up 9 per cent of those in PRUs, compared to 6.3 per cent in primary schools and 5.5 per cent in secondary schools.

Read more findings from the DfE Bigger schools and four other things we learned today 

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