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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Full-time equivalent support staff by school and category, 2020
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[Collapse]Total: Support StaffClick here to sortTotal: Support Staff
Click here to sortHigher Level Teaching AssistantSupport staff that have been formally awarded HLTA status having successfully completed the assessment process administered by the Welsh Assembly Government in Wales or the equivalent body in England and are deployed in a HLTA capacity for part or all ofClick here to sortTeaching AssistantsTeaching Assistants are those who work directly with pupils to support learning including Cover Supervisors.Click here to sortForeign language assistantsClick here to sortSpecial needs support staffSpecial needs support staff are those deployed specifically to support pupils assessed as having ALN/SEN.Click here to sortPastoral support staffPastoral support staff are those who work directly with pupils to support welfare, behaviour, and other pastoral issues, including attendance.Click here to sortChildcare, nurses, medical staffBefore 2010/11 matrons/nurses/medical staff (including NHS employees)Click here to sortICT, laboratory, workshop or resource techniciansBefore 2010/11, Laboratory or workshop technicians only.Click here to sortLibrarians and library assistantsClick here to sortExaminations OfficersClick here to sortOther administration staffClick here to sortSchool Business Manager or equivalent
[Collapse]699: Wales/Cymru1,607.912,445.28.34,451.0971.176.0848.286.2177.62,722.1401.923,795.5
699: Wales/Cymru[Expand]660: Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Môn34.2204.0.The data item is not applicable166.38.90.819.6.The data item is not applicable2.053.34.0493.0
[Expand]661: Gwynedd84.3330.61.7206.212.2.The data item is not applicable29.83.14.677.212.0761.8
[Expand]662: Conwy51.9363.4.The data item is not applicable85.431.8.The data item is not applicable31.14.46.0101.711.4687.0
[Expand]663: Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych81.0404.4.The data item is not applicable103.
[Expand]664: Flintshire/Sir y Fflint73.6554.0.The data item is not applicable175.589.35.656.07.811.4131.325.11,129.6
[Expand]665: Wrexham/Wrecsam55.8659.0.The data item is not applicable173.040.32.430.85.48.5108.220.61,104.0
[Expand]666: Powys38.8473.4.The data item is not applicable119.234.37.646.2.The data item is not applicable8.7113.311.8853.4
[Expand]667: Ceredigion19.1371.9.The data item is not applicable191.216.0.The data item is not applicable18.23.64.756.84.0685.5
[Expand]668: Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro79.6469.5.The data item is not applicable195.740.01.536.83.05.9111.612.0955.4
[Expand]669: Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin72.4794.1.The data item is not applicable291.4131.,514.5
[Expand]670: Swansea/Abertawe74.81,073.51.2369.8115.56.479.05.913.0228.131.71,999.0
[Expand]671: Neath Port Talbot/Castell-nedd Port Talbot45.2660.6.The data item is not applicable95.915.67.844.63.76.6124.314.41,018.7
[Expand]672: Bridgend/Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr48.3622.7.The data item is not applicable197.451.,118.5
[Expand]673: Vale of Glamorgan/Bro Morgannwg76.2503.4.The data item is not applicable223.217.619.,051.6
[Expand]674: Rhondda Cynon Taf164.4756.80.5383.068.52.651.47.715.0232.628.21,710.6
[Expand]675: Merthyr Tydfil/Merthyr Tudful60.1227.01.091.718.
[Expand]676: Caerphilly/Caerffili103.4603.4.The data item is not applicable237.337.,221.2
[Expand]677: Blaenau Gwent43.2374.8.The data item is not applicable27.319.1.The data item is not applicable12.4.The data item is not applicable4.044.79.1534.6
[Expand]678: Torfaen/Tor-faen58.7375.40.2154.836.
[Expand]679: Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy47.6363.5.The data item is not applicable116.918.
[Expand]680: Newport/Casnewydd92.4903.4.The data item is not applicable175.122.41.932.23.06.7197.123.91,458.1
[Expand]681: Cardiff/Caerdydd203.11,356.53.8671.892.,803.3



Full-time equivalent support staff by school and category

Last update

July 2020 July 2020

Next update

July 2021

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC), Welsh Government

Contact email


National Statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation


Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description

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Data collection and calculation

Schools’ data are derived from the Pupil Level Annual School Census (PLASC) returns and STATS 1 returns supplied by schools open on Census day in January each year. The returns are authorised by headteachers and validated by Local Authorities.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

January 2020

Rounding applied


Statistical quality

School Census returns are authorised by headteachers and validated by Local Authorities. Whilst most of the usual data validation processes on the 2020 school census data have taken place, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the data did not undergo the usual final validation process. As part of the Welsh Local Government Finance Settlement, the data is usually returned to local authorities for final validation. Typically, overall numbers of pupils and teachers will not change significantly during this period, with the most likely change being in the characteristics of the pupils themselves e.g. free school meal entitlement. Users should therefore be more cautious when comparing data on characteristics of pupils and staff over time, in particular where small cohorts are involved.