HC Deb 25 March 2002 vol 382 cc632-3W
Mr. Chope

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent teachers there were in maintained(a) nursery, (b) primary and (c) secondary schools in January 2001; and how many there were in 1984. [46008]

Mr. Timms

The numbers of regular full-time equivalent teachers in the maintained sector in England were as follows:

January 1984 January 2001
Nursery 1,600 1,600
Primary 171,200 193,400
Secondary 224,200 196,700


1. 1984 secondary numbers exclude estimated sixth form college numbers.

2. Part-time teachers have been converted to an estimate of their full-time equivalence and added to full-time numbers.

3. Excludes occasional teachers.

4. Teachers whose service is divided between primary and secondary schools have been apportioned pro-rata to the nursery/primary or secondary phase.

Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers left the profession in the latest period for which figures are available. [454081

Mr. Timms

In the year to 31 March 2000, the latest for which data are available. 34,900 qualified teachers left full-time or part-time regular service in the maintained schools sector in England for reasons including retirement. Over the same period, there were 36,300 new entrants or re-entrants to the maintained schools sector in England. These data are provisional.

Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the teaching work force in schools in England supply teachers comprise. [45270]

Mr. Timms

The information is not available in the form requested. Occasional teachers employed on contracts of less than one month and who worked for the whole of the survey date, comprised 4.6 per cent. of the total full-time equivalent number of teachers working in maintained schools in England on 18 January 2001.