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Statistics on the size and characteristics of the school workforce as at November 2020.

An issue was identified which affected the 2020 school workforce census results release. This affects the data published on headcount, full-time equivalents and full-person equivalents (FPE) on teachers and support staff. As a result of this we have reviewed the methodology for deriving headcounts at Wales and local authority level. The issue occurred where specific staff roles were omitted from the calculations.

This has resulted in a slight increase in the number of teachers and a greater increase in the number of support staff, as well as some changes to the breakdown by staff characteristics. The data published on StatsWales and in our interactive dashboard have been updated to reflect these revisions.

These are experimental statistics and the data in this report relates to information collected in the second School Workforce Annual Census (SWAC) for Wales as at November 2020. This report covers a time period during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has affected how schools have operated. As a result this may have an effect on the statistics presented in the statistical release.


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Gareth Thomas

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