The Department for Education has published new figures today providing a breakdown of the size and characteristics of the country’s schools. Tes reports.
Here are five things we have learnt from the latest figures.
1. The bulge in pupil numbers is moving into secondary school
Numbers increased by 35,400 between 2018 and 2017, compared to a 29,700 increase between 2016 and 2017). There are also 5,300 more pupils in special schools compared with last year.
2. Infants in classes with more than 30 pupils
There are now 4.9 per cent of infant pupils in classes of more than 30 pupils according to the DfE. This is compared to 5.4 per cent in 2017, 5.8 per cent in 2016 and 6.2 per cent in 2015.
The overall average class size at primary school is 27.1 pupils – which is the same as the previous two years. In secondary schools the average class size is 21.2.
4. The number of ethnic minority pupils has increased
The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic origins has been rising steadily since 2006.
In primary schools, 33.1 per cent of pupils of school age are from minority ethnic backgrounds, an increase from 32.1 per cent in January 2017.
In secondary schools, 30.3 per cent of pupils are of minority ethnic origins, an increase from 29.1 per cent in 2017.
Read more data about our schools Five key points from today’s school census data
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