HC Deb 27 July 1978 vol 954 c867W
Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the average pupil-teacher ratio in England and Wales in June 1978 (a) in primary schools, (b) in secondary schools and (c) in all maintained schools.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Information about pupils and teachers in schools is collected by my Department in January of each year. Provisional figures for January 1978 indicate that the average ratios of pupils per qualified teacher within maintained schools in England were (a) 23.6 for primary schools—including middle deemed primary schools and immigrant centres—(b) 16.9 in secondary schools—including middle deemed secondary schools—and (c) 20.0 for all maintained schools—excluding nursery and special schools. Statistics for schools in Wales are the responsibility of my right

Relative magnitude
Category Primary Secondary
Repairs and maintenance 24 18
Fuel, light, cleaning and water 25 21
Rent and rates 19 21
Other premises and fixed plant expenses (including furniture) 2 2
Text and library books 7 7
Equipment, stationery, materials and other supplies 16 22
Vehicles and movable plant 1 1
Central establishment charges 4 5
Other expenses (including grants to voluntary associations) 2 3