Teacher:Pupil Ratios Across Europe [Infographic]

January 09, 2017 Mike Spruce

At School Diaries, we've collated World Bank Data to uncover the teacher:pupil ratios across the European Union (EU).

To find out how your country fares, take a look at the map below along with tables containing the raw data.



The informative infographic made using the data highlights the varying teacher to pupil numbers across the continent in both primary and secondary education according to headcount, with some countries averaging one teacher to every eight pupils (Luxemburg), compared with others that have 19 pupils to every teacher (Czech Republic).

The latest figures show that across the EU, the average primary school teacher:pupil ratio stands at one teacher for every 13 pupils and the secondary school average at one teacher for every 12 pupils.

The United Kingdom's primary education teacher ratio is one of the highest at 18 students to every teacher, five more than the EU average and 10 more than Luxemburg.

In secondary education, the UK average is the highest at 16 pupils to every teacher, four more than the Europe's average and double that of Croatia, Malta, Luxemburg, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Other countries revealed to have higher than average teacher:pupil ratios in both primary and secondary education include France, Bulgaria and Romania.

Countries with stand-out results on this metric include Luxemburg, which has one teacher for every eight pupils in both primary and secondary schools. Although it could be assumed that its low ratio may be attributed to Luxemburg's small population of around 540,000, several countries with much larger populations also had much lower teacher:pupil ratios than the EU average, including Greece (population 11m, one teacher to every nine pupils in primary education and one to every eight in secondary), Poland (population 38.5m, one teacher to every 10 pupils in both primary and secondary) and Italy (population 59.8m, 12 pupils for every teacher in primary and 11 pupils in secondary education).

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