§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers are employed in schools; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mark Carlisle
In January 1980 the numbers of teachers in nursery, primary and secondary schools in England and Wales totalled 467,564. This represents a reduction of just over 3,000 teachers from the previous year's total, a fall of 0.6 per cent. Pupil numbers fell from 8,891,000 in January 1979 to an estimated 8,717,000 in January 1980, a fall of 174,000 or 2 per cent. The overall pupil—teacher ratio has improved from 18.9:1 in 1979 to 18.6:1 in 1980.