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Teachers (Pay)

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will tabulate the pay of the average school teacher as at 1 April 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and estimated for 1980 both in money and constant price terms, showing also the percentages relating to an average earnings index and the relationship to an index of teachers in post against the availability of qualified teachers, all figures indices to be in constant terms excepting the actual earnings figure and all necessary assumptions and other details to be set out.

The average earnings of full-time qualified teachers in maintained nursery, primary and secondary schools, in money and constant price terms, compared with an average earnings index for the years 1976 to 1979, are shown in the following table. Figures on a similar basis for 1980 cannot yet be estimated.

It is not possible, without incurring disproportionate expenditure to construct an index of teachers in post against the availability of qualified teachers; in any case, there is no commonly accepted measure of availability.