Key Education Statistics

From spending on schools and pupil numbers to figures for attendance and attainment, keep up to date with RISE's 25 key statistics about state education in England.

Topics explained

How information is included in each of the topics:



Attendance, absence and exclusions. Truancy. Initiatives to combat truancy and exclusions.


Information about the curriculum, including the National Curriculum subjects.

Early Years

Places available and initiatives to improve educational opportunities for 0 to 5 year olds.


Finance and funding at all levels from the international to national, local authority and within schools.


How the UK education system compares internationally.

Post-16 Education

Education for 16 to 18 year olds in schools and colleges. Further Education. Higher Education, Adult Education. Work related learning is included but not all Parliamentary Answers about specific skills.


The upgrading, repair and building of schools, school playing fields and other sports facilities and provision of resources such as books and computers. Class size and pupil teacher ratios nationally and by local authority. ICT.

Social and Parental Issues

Free school meals, nutrition, safety in schools and school trips. Results published by percentage of pupils receiving free school meals. Other links between standards, admissions (schools and Higher Education) and social factors. Behaviour, disruptive behaviour and initiatives to combat it. Key sites and issues of particular interest to parents: for example, home school agreements, extended schools and homework clubs.

Special Needs

Individual educational needs including SEN and able children. Initiatives targeting children with specific needs, e.g. summer schools.


Information and statistics on the numbers of teachers and other staff (by local authority, subject area, etc.) and on teacher training. Other information of particular interest to teachers.

Standards and Assessment

Results of children in SATs at all key stages, GCSEs and A levels – classified in a number of ways, e.g. nationally, by local authority, by school type. Targets for results in future years. Inspection.

Structure and Governance

Structure, administration and governance of the education system. Administration of the DfE  (DfES and DCSF) and local authorities. The different types of schools, e.g. academies, community, foundation, voluntary aided, selective, etc. The training and remit of governors. Admissions and admissions criteria, places available and appeals for early years, primary, secondary and higher education.