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2014: a year of education in numbers

Term has ended and, as 2014 slowly draws to a close, it gives us a chance to look back on the year that was.

As seems to be the norm these days, 2014 was a year of tumultuous change that left teachers and their schools facing a fresh set of obstacles and challenges.

So, as teachers across the country put their feet up for a well-deserved break, here is the past 12 months in numbers, starting with perhaps the most important group of digits of them all... 

1,525: the number of days Michael Gove served as education secretary before being replaced on July 15 


6.6: percentage point drop in the number of GCSE students achieving 5 A* to C grades

0.1: percentage point drop in number of A* to E grades at A-level

768: the number of primary schools failing to meet government’s key stage 2 benchmark

8: regional schools commissioners appointed to keep tabs on academies and free schools

01000011 01101111 01101101 01110000 01110101 01110100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01100011 01110101 01110010 01110010 01101001 01100011 01110101 01101100 01110101 01101101 00100000 01100010 01100101 01100111 01101001 01101110 01110011: computing curriculum begins (as said in binary)

363: open and approved free schools as of November 2014

4,344: open academies as of December 2014

17: percentage fall in new teachers entering the profession since 2009-10

43,000: the number of teachers who responded to the government’s Workload Challenge survey

57,800,000: the number of children not receiving a primary education around the world

0: the amount of marking that should be done over Christmas

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