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Publication of the DfE's school workforce statistics for 2017

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The DfE has recently published their school workforce statistics for 2017 and below is a summary of some of the key findings. You can read the full data release here.

Key findings: 

Size of workforce

All:

  • The overall school workforce in England fell from 1,403,300 in 2016 to 1,328,986 in 2017.
  • The total full-time equivalent (FTE) number of staff in all schools has fallen from 953,249 to 946,200 between 2016 and 2017.

Teachers:

  • The total FTE number of teachers in all schools has fallen by 1.2%, from 457,200 to 451,900 between 2016 and 2017.
  • The number of FTE nursery and primary teachers fell by 0.6%, from just over 222,400 in 2016 to 221,100 in 2017. This is the first time this number has fallen since 2010.
  • Similarly, FTE secondary teacher numbers fell by 1.9%, from 208,200 in 2016 to 204,200 in 2017. This number has been falling since 2012.
  • There were 42,430 FTE new entrants to teaching in state-funded schools in 2017, while 42,830 FTE qualified teachers who left teaching in 2017, resulting in a net loss.

Teaching assistants:

  • The total FTE number of teaching assistants in all schools has risen from 262,055 to 263,845 between 2016 and 2017.

 

Pupil teacher ratios

  • In 2017, the pupil teacher ratio (PTR) has increased in state-funded schools and is now at 17.9 – up 0.3 on 2016.
    • In the nursery/primary sector, there was an increase of 0.3 taking the PTR to 20.9.
    • In secondary, the PTR is up 0.4 at 16.0. In secondary there has been a continued increase through from 2012 (when it was 14.9).

Salaries

  • In 2017, the average (mean) FTE salary for all teachers in state-funded schools was £38,700 – an increase of £300 compared with 2016.
  • The FTE salary for all full and part-time classroom teachers was £35,400.
  • The average salaries for leadership roles in 2017 were:
    • LA maintained nursery and primary: £55,000
    • Primary academy: £55,000
    • LA maintained secondary: £63,700
    • Secondary academy: £63,600
  • The average salaries for head teacher roles in 2017 were:
    • LA maintained nursery and primary: £63,300
    • Primary academy: £65,600
    • LA maintained secondary: £88,800
    • Secondary academy: £92,400

 

Qualifications

  • 98. 6 per cent of teachers hold qualifications at degree level or higher – this includes those with a first degree or higher, a Bachelor of Education degree or a Postgraduate Certificate of Education. This is an increase on last year where the equivalent figure was 98.5 per cent.
  • The total number of teachers without QTS decreased between 2015 and 2016; from 22.2 thousand FTEs in 2016 to 21.0 thousand FTEs in 2017.

 

Vacancies

  • The total number of vacancies in 2017 was 944, an increase from 920 in 2016.
  • The total number of temporarily filled posts was 3,046, compared with 3,280 in 2016.

 

Staff characteristics

  • In 2017, 73.8 per cent of FTE teachers were female, compared to 72.9 per cent in 2010.
    • Looking across phase, 84.8 per cent of FTE nursery/primary school teachers are female, compared to 62.4 per cent of secondary school teachers.
  • Between 2010 and 2017 there have been increases in the number of younger teachers and decreases in the number of older teachers.
    • In 2017, 24.4 per cent of FTE teachers were aged under 30; a 1.4 percentage point increase since 2010.


About the data

  • The release is based on data collected from schools and local authorities in November 2017 as part of the eighth annual school workforce census. Data on independent schools, sixth form colleges and further education establishments are not included.
  • There were 83 schools (0.4% of all open schools) in the November 2017 census that did not supply usable data and estimates for these schools have been included in the figures.
First published 29 June 2018