HC Deb 06 November 1978 vol 957 c51W
Mr. Hardy

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what was the number of qualified teachers employed by Rotherham borough council and the number of pupils in primary and in secondary schools there at the latest available date and on 1st April 1974.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Statistics for schools are collected by my Department in January of each year. The information requested for primary and secondary schools maintained by the Rotherham education authority is given below. Figures for January 1974 have been calculated from the component parts of education authorities as they existed prior to the April 1974 local government reorganisation.

1974 1978
Qualified teachers* 1,193 1,220
Pupils† 30,169 29,686
Qualified teachers* 1,178 1,339
Pupils† 21,101 23,009
*Teachers employed within schools on the day of the annual count, including teachers temporarily absent and the full-time equivalent of part-time teachers, and excluding relief teachers and teachers absent for long periods; for example, those on full-time courses lasting one term or more.
† Counting each part-time pupil under 5 years as 0.5.