HC Deb 25 June 2002 vol 387 cc826-7W
Mrs. Gillan

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average teacher to pupil ratio was in each year since 1997 in infant classes. [62854]

Mr. Miliband

[holding answer 24 June 2002]: The information requested is not available centrally.

Information for primary schools is shown in the table:

Pupil teacher ratio in primary schools1 1997–20022 Position in January each yea
Pupil: teacher ratio
1997 23.4
1998 23.7
1999 23.5
2000 23.3
2001 22.9
20022 22.5
1 The pupil:teacher ratio within schools is the ratio of the full-time equivalent number of pupils (counting each part-time pupil as 0.5) to the full-time equivalent number of teachers.
2 Provisional.