NEW FIGURES SHOW RECORD NUMBERS OF SCHOOL STAFF
29 April 2008
- 20,100 more teachers and support staff than 12 months ago -
- Year-on-year rises in teachers per pupil in primary and secondary schools -
- Average class sizes fall -
Schools Minister Jim Knight has welcomed new figures showing the overall school workforce still growing at its highest ever level and pupil-teacher ratio continuing to improve.
Provisional statistics published today showed that the overall school workforce has grown by 20,100 over the last 12 months to 767,600 – the biggest year-on-year growth since 2005, giving schools the highest number of teachers for a generation.
Interesting use of language to describe staff in this.
"school WORKFORCE still growing"
"highest numbers of TEACHERS for a generation"
Sorry to rain on their parade, but a workforce consists of more than just teachers, and the truth is that schools do not have more teachers, they have more support staff, more office staff, more after school club staff, more breakfast club staff. That's the workforce, and that's the increase.
Just like in the previous article here - government spin again?