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Teaching Positions (Greater London)

Volume 301: debated on Friday 21 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what are the total number of (a) teaching, (b) head teacher and (c) deputy head teacher posts in the Greater London area in maintained (i) primary, (ii) secondary and (iii) special schools; and how many and what percentage of these are currently (1) vacant and (2) covered by (A) supply teachers and (b) those with short-term contracts. [16905]

The numbers of full-time teachers employed, vacancies and vacancy rates, in the Greater London area, as at 16 January 1997, in the maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools sector are shown in the table.

Head teachers1
Number of teachers22,200460160
Number of vacancies32249
Vacancy rates (per cent.)
Deputy head teachers1
Number of teachers22,170930180
Number of vacancies35997
Vacancy rates (per cent.)
Classroom teachers1,4
Number of teachers221,50021,3101,640
Number of vacancies336622154
Vacancy rates (per cent.)
1 The breakdown by grade has been estimated, based on the scale of which a teacher is paid.
2 Full-time teachers plus full-time secondments in maintained schools sector at 16 January 1997. Figures rounded to the nearest 10.
3Only those posts which were advertised at 16 January 1997 as full-time permanent posts or posts of at least one term's duration are counted as vacancies. Posts covered by temporary appointments on a contract of at least a term are not counted as vacant.
4 Excludes unqualified teachers.