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Statistics from the last 12 months in education

For the first article of 2019, we wanted to take a look back at some key statistics from the last 12 months in the education sector. These should give you an insight into how the industry has evolved, and what this means for those working in temporary or supply roles.


A slight increase in the number of schools


In the 2017/2018 academic years, there were 32,117 schools across the UK. 65% (20,863) of these were primary schools, 12% (4,190) were secondary schools and 9% (3,037) were nursery schools.


The number of schools within the UK has remained stable, which is good news for those looking to make the move into education or into a supply-teaching role. However, it is important to understand the breakdown of different schools. If you are looking for a position within a nursery school (not including children’s day nurseries), there may be more applications for fewer positions.


An education recruitment agency will be able to source a position that you are best suited for; especially if your skills match those which the school or nursery is searching for.


A rising education population


Since 2009, the number of children’s day nurseries and primary schools has risen, reaching a total of 4.64 million by July 2018. However, with lower birth rates in 2013 onwards, this rise is predicted to stabilise in 2019, with the total number of students reaching 4.66 million.


The number of pupils attending secondary school rose to 2.85 million by July 2018, and it is projected that this will continue increasing until roughly 2025, where the number of students will reach an estimated 3.28 million.


Opportunities in different subjects


According to research conducted by the Government on entrants into the education sector, there was a shortfall in recruitment in subjects including (but not limited to) Mathematics, Physics, Business Studies and Design Technology.


For example, the target recruitment number in 2017/18 for Physics was 1,055, but only 695 positions were filled. In 2018/19, the target is 1,219 with only 575 positions filled to date.


These insights can be used by those looking to move back into education as a way of finding a subject or position they can excel in. If you have previous experience in a subject that has a need for more teachers and teaching assistants, then the opportunities available to you increase.


Work-life balance and mental wellbeing


It should come as no surprise that statistics released by the Education Support Index found that 74% of full-time education professionals consider the inability to switch off and relax to be a major contributing factor to a poor work-life balance. At the same time, 67% of education professionals describe themselves as stressed.


However, you shouldn’t let this data put you off working in education. Taking on a supply teaching role means you are able to choose when you work, giving you the flexibility and freedom to focus on your overall wellbeing and mental health.



In summary, there are plenty of opportunities for those looking to make the move into supply teaching. There are still considerations to make before choosing a temporary role, but the benefits of flexible working, developing new skills and enhancing a CV can’t be ignored.


If you would like to see what teaching roles we currently have available, you can take a look at our job board here. Alternatively, you can keep up to date on the latest positions on our Facebook page here.

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