The DfE has today published statistics on pupils in schools in England as collected in the January 2018 school census.
A continued increase in number of pupils
State-funded primary schools
- The number of pupils in state-funded primary schools has increased every year since 2009
- In 2018 there was an increase of 27k (1%)
- Although a smaller increase than the trends of recent years, there are now 639k more pupils in state-funded primary schools than there were in 2009 (a 16% increase).
State-funded secondary schools
- After an extended downward trend, state-funded secondary schools have now seen modest increases in pupil numbers in each of the last four years
- In 2018 there was an increase of 35k (1%)
- This marks the beginning of the increases seen in primary feeding through to secondary schools.
School numbers and size
- There was a small increase in the number of schools (net increase of 35, to 24,316)
- School numbers have not kept pace with increases in pupil numbers
- The average number of pupils in special schools has increased every year since 2008
- In 2008 there were an average of 86 pupils in special schools, this has increased to 114 in 2018 (an increase of 32%)
- The average size of primary schools has not decreased in any year since 2006
- Since 2009, the average size of primary schools has increased by 42 pupils, the equivalent of more than one extra class per school.
Free school meals eligibility
- Eligibility for FSM continues to decline in both primary and secondary schools
- This is the continuation of a trend seen for 5 years
- 13.7% of primary pupils are now eligible, down from a high of 18.1% in 2013
- 12.4% of secondary pupils are now eligible, down from a high of 15.1% in 2013.
- Schools which teach both primary and secondary year groups are growing in number. In January 2017 there were 150 such schools, up to 163 state-funded schools in January 2018.
First published 29 June 2018