Reporting Year 2020

School workforce in England

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This release is largely based on the School Workforce Census. The census collects information from schools and local authorities on the school workforce in state-funded schools in England.

Independent schools, non-maintained special schools, sixth-form colleges and further education establishments are not included.

The latest data relates to November 2020 and so this is the first data in the series to relate to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Change to statistics

To reduce burden on schools and local authorities during the pandemic, data on qualifications and staff absences were not collected in 2020. They will be collected again in 2021. Data on school workforce absence during the pandemic has been collected via the Department's education settings survey.

Specific guidance can be found within affected sections of this statistic.


Headline facts and figures - 2020

  • The FTE of teachers has increased by 7,000 since last year.
  • Retirements from teaching continue to decline, likely due to increases in state pension age.
  • Retention of teachers one year after they qualify continues to decrease, however retention of teachers who qualified two or more years ago has increased; a change to previously seen trends.
  • Pupil to teacher ratios in nursery and primary schools has decreased due to more teachers and stabilising pupil numbers.
  • 2 in 5 teaching hours were spent teaching English Baccalaureate (EBacc) subjects of mathematics, English, sciences (including computer science), history, geography and modern languages.
  • The number of temporarily filled teacher posts has decreased to levels comparable to 2012.

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