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Classroom Assistants

Question for Department for Education

UIN 201593, tabled on 12 December 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many classroom assistant job positions have been removed in each of the last three years.

Answered on

19 December 2018

The full time equivalent (FTE) number of teaching assistants in state funded schools in England in each of the last 3 years is shown in the table 1 below.

Table 1: Teaching assistants in all state funded schools in England, 2014 to 2017

Census year

FTE number of teaching assistants

Difference in FTE from previous year

Percentage difference from previous year

2014

255,100

2015

263,000

7,900

3%

2016

265,600

2,600

1%

2017

262,800

-2,800

-1%

Source: School Workforce Census

The School Workforce Census does not collect information on vacancies for teaching assistants.

The data above is taken from Table 2b of the publication, School Workforce in England 2017. This publication includes underlying data at school level and is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-school-workforce.