This article provides a statistical overview of education in the UK. It is designed to introduce the topic rather than be a comprehensive summary.
Other factsheets in this series may be of interest, including Home Learning, The Knowledge Economy and Skills.
Schools and pupils
In the UK in 2004/5 there were 9,963,000 school pupils. Public sector schools were attended by 92 per cent (9.2 million) of pupils, while seven per cent attended one of the 2,500 non-maintained mainstream schools. One per cent of pupils attended one of the 1,400 special schools. 44 per cent of public sector pupils were in secondary schools, 55 per cent in primary schools and one per cent in nursery schools.
There are around 34,400 schools in the UK. The smallest school is Holy Island school, Northumbria, which has five pupils.
There were over half a million (560,700) teachers in public sector schools in 2002/3, with 82 per cent (457,200) of teachers in Engla