Reporting Year 2021

Education and training statistics for the UK

Data guidance

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Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Expenditure

Filename
uk_expenditure.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015-16 to 2020-21
Content

Expenditure on education in the United Kingdom  by education function, expenditure type and expenditure level.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
education_functionEducation function
expenditure_levelExpenditure level
expenditure_typeExpenditure type
pt_expenditure_of_gdpTotal expenditure as a percentage of GDP
t_expenditure_millionsTotal expenditure (millions)
t_expenditure_real_terms_millionsTotal expenditure in real terms (millions)

Further education students

Filename
uk_post_compulsory_education_fe_students.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20
Content

Further education students in the United Kingdom by age, gender and mode of study.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
mode_of_studyMode of study
t_studentsNumber of FE students

Higher and further education institutions

Filename
uk_post_compulsory_education_institutions.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2015/16 to 2019/20
Content

Further and higher education institutions in the United Kingdom.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
provider_typeProvider type
t_institutionsNumber of institutions

Higher education students

Filename
uk_post_compulsory_education_he_students.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2016/17 to 2019/20
Content

Higher education students in the United Kingdom by gender, level and mode of study, subject and domicile .

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
domicileDomicile
genderGender
levelLevel of education
mode_of_studyMode of study
subjectSubject group
t_studentsNumber of HE students
Footnotes
  1. Subject totals do not include students on courses in further education colleges in Northern Ireland

Highest qualification among 19-64 year olds

Filename
uk_highest_qualifications.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2020
Content

Highest qualification level of adults aged 19-64 in the United Kingdom by age group and gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
pt_hiqual_nqf2Percentage of population with their highest qualification as NQF level 2 or above
pt_hiqual_nqf3Percentage of population with their highest qualification as NQF level 3 or above
pt_hiqual_nqf4Percentage of population with their highest qualification as NQF level 4 or above
pt_hiqual_scqf5Percentage of population with their highest qualification as SCQF level 5 or above
pt_hiqual_scqf6Percentage of population with their highest qualification as SCQF level 6 or above
pt_hiqual_scqf7Percentage of population with their highest qualification as SCQF level 7 or above
t_age_1964Total 19-64 year olds in the population (thousands)

NEET

Filename
uk_neet.csv
Geographic levels
National
Time period
2001 to 2021
Content

The number and percentage of young adults in the United Kingdom who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) by age group and gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
pt_neetPeople who were NEET as a percentage of people in relevant population group
quarterQuarter
t_economically_inactiveTotal economically inactive
t_neetTotal NEET
t_populationTotal people in relevant population group
t_unemployedTotal unemployed

Pupil numbers

Filename
uk_pupils.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

Pupils in the United Kingdom by phase, age and gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
ageAge
genderGender
phaseSchool type
t_pupilsNumber of pupils
Footnotes
  1. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  2. In Scotland, figures include all providers of funded Early Learning and childcare, not only nurseries.
  3. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.
  4. Figures for independent schools in Scotland are unavailable
  5. Figures for independent schools in Wales are unavailable for 2018/19

Pupil teacher ratios

Filename
uk_pupil_teacher_ratios.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

Pupil: teacher ratios in state funded schools in the United Kingdom by phase.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
phaseSchool type
pupil_teacher_ratioPupil-teacher ratio
Footnotes
  1. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  2. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.
  3. In England, the primary pupil-teacher ratio includes LA maintained nurseries.

School numbers

Filename
uk_schools.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

The number of schools in the United Kingdom by phase.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
phaseSchool type
t_schoolsNumber of schools
Footnotes
  1. In Northern Ireland, total figures include hospital schools.
  2. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  3. In Scotland, figures include all providers of funded Early Learning and childcare, not only nurseries.
  4. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.
  5. Figures for independent schools in Scotland are unavailable
  6. Figures for independent schools in Wales are unavailable for 2018/19

Teacher numbers

Filename
uk_teachers.csv
Geographic levels
National; Regional
Time period
2015/16 to 2020/21
Content

Full-time equivalent teachers in the United Kingdom by phase and gender.

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
genderGender
phaseSchool type
t_fte_teachersFull-time equivalent number of teachers
Footnotes
  1. In England, special schools include pupil referral units.
  2. Primary and secondary figures include middle schools as deemed. Secondary schools include all-through schools.
  3. In England and Scotland, total teachers includes centrally employed teachers.
  4. Figures for independent schools in Scotland are unavailable
  5. Figures for independent schools in Wales are unavailable for 2018/19