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Teachers (Statistics)

Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of teachers in schools are graduates in the age groups (a) under 30, (b) 30 to 40, (c) 40 to 50 and (d) over 50 years.

The proportions of full-time qualified teachers in maintained nursery, primary and secondary' schools in England and Wales on 31 March 1984 who were graduates are as follows:

AgePercentage
Under 3072
30 and under 4047
40 and under 5032
50 and over23

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science: (1) what proportion of teachers of (a) physics, (b)chemistry and (c) biology in secondary schools are graduates;(2) what proportion of mathematics teachers in

(a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools are graduates.

No information is available about the proportion of graduates among mathematics teachers in primary schools. Information from the the 1977 sample survey of staffing in maintained secondary schools in England and Wales indicated that of the full-time teachers recorded as teaching those subjects the approximate percentages who were graduates were, for mathematics, physics and chemistry respectively: 45; 70; 75. Comparable information is not readily available for teachers of biology.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what proportion of teachers in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools are graduates; and what were the figures for 1979 and 1974.

The proportions of full-time qualified teachers in maintained schools in England and Wales who were graduates are as follows:

Year (at 31 March)Primary (including Nursery) SchoolsSecondary Schools
per cent.per cent.
1974740
19791348
19842258