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European study indicates demand for primary school teachers in UK

26/10/2011 Joanna
Primary teachers and teaching assistants may find themselves in demand with news that the UK has more primary school pupils per teacher than any other country in the European Union.

A survey published yesterday (October 25th) by Eurostat, the EU's research agency, found that on average in 2009 there were 19.9 pupils per teacher in UK primary schools.

In 2000, this figure stood at 21.2 pupils per teacher indicating that the situation is improving, albeit slowly.

France comes a close second with 19.7 pupils per teacher in the typical classroom.

Ireland did have the most in 2000 with 21.5, but this number has now shrunk to just 15.9.

A Department for Education spokesman told the Daily Telegraph that it was investing £1.3 billion in raising the number of school places for the coming school year.

An extra £800 million will be spent each year until 2015.

"We know that parents like small classes – that's why we are targeting free schools at areas where there is a shortage of places," the spokesman said.

The Eurostat report also revealed that women make up 80.8 per cent of all primary school teachers in the UK, while around a quarter (25.6 per cent) are aged 50 or over.

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