Data set from Schools, pupils and their characteristics

Pupil characteristics - free school meals, ethnicity and language

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Number of pupils in state-funded nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, non-maintained special schools and pupil referral units by free school meal eligibility, language and ethnicity.

Data set details

Pupils and schools
Schools, pupils and their characteristics
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Headcount
  • Percent
  • Ethnicity
  • First language
  • Free School Meals
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalEthnicityAny other ethnic groupTotalTotal1687582.030158729
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalEthnicityAsian - Any other Asian backgroundTotalTotal1587561.909834669
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalEthnicityAsian - BangladeshiTotalTotal1482901.78392869
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalEthnicityAsian - IndianTotalTotal2683183.227865522
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalEthnicityAsian - PakistaniTotalTotal3726994.483568945

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 7 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicPlease select Free School meals, Ethnicity or Language - One option must be selected
ethnicityEthnicity - Filter by pupil ethnicity
FSMFree School Meals - Filter by free school meal status
LanguageFirst language - Filter by first language


  1. Totals include pupils in General Hospital Schools, however Ethnicity and Language data is not available for these pupils. Breakdowns may not sum to totals as a result.
  2. Includes state-funded nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, non-maintained special schools and pupil referral units. Does not include independent schools
  3. Prior to 2017/18, Ethnicity and Language data was collected for compulsory school age children only. As such, the total headcount and denominators used for percentages may differ from those for Free school meals.

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