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Teaching—Non-Teaching Staff Ratios

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what has been the ratio of teaching to non-teaching staff employed by the local authorities; and what has been the ratio of teaching to non-teaching costs, in each year since 1965 to the latest year for which figures are available.

The following numbers of staff employed by local education authorities in England and Wales have been published in the Department of Employment Gazette:

The most meaningful comparison would be that in which both categories are expressed as full-time equivalents. However, factors for converting to full-time equivalents are not available for the whole period and are approximate for the years in which they are. In June 1979 the respective totals of teaching and non-teaching staff expressed as full-time equivalents were approximately 573,000 and 430,000.

The other figures are:

RATIOS OF GROSS TEACHING TO OTHER COSTS

Financial year

Ratio of teacher salary costs to non-teaching staff salary costs

Ratio of teacher salary costs to overall non-teaching costs

1965–661:0·211:0·88
1966–671:0·211:0·92
1967–681:0·311:1·16
1968–691:0·321:1·20
1969–701:0·311:1·18
1970–711:0·331:1·18
1971–721:0·341:1·36
1972–731:0·341:1·12
1973–741:0·371:1·15
1974–751:0·331:0·93
1975–761:0·341:0·95
1976–771:0·351:0·98
1977–781:0·351:1·03
1978–791:0·361:1·08