To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many days on average were lost per teacher due to sickness in (a) 2001 and (b) 2002 in (i) England and (ii) Buckinghamshire; (2) how many teachers working in Buckinghamshire took early retirement under
(a) premature and (b) ill-health retirement arrangements in 2001–02; 
(3) how many teacher vacancies there were in Buckinghamshire in (a) January 2002 and (b) January 2003. 
Table 1 provides the average number of days lost per teacher through sickness absence1 for full-time and part-time teachers in the maintained schools sector.
1Sickness absence on working days, whether paid absence or not, of teachers with permanent contracts or contracts of more than a month, including teachers without QTS. The number of days taken as sick leave includes all periods of sick leave.
|1This is the most recent data available.|
|Annual 618G Survey of Teachers in Service|
|Table 2 provides numbers of premature and ill-health retirements from the maintained schools sector in Buckinghamshire 2001–02.|
1. Rounded to nearest 10.
2. Data are provisional.
Pensioner Statistical System (PENSTATS).
PQ 106511: Comparison of rates of improvement for specialist schools by year of entry into the Specialist Schools Programme— percentage 5+A*-C grades at GCSE
Gain versus base year
|Class of 1994 (50 schools)||40||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||65||+25|
|All other comprehensives and moderns (2,948 schools)||est.36||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||48||+12|
|Class of 1995 (41 schools)||—||44||—||—||—||—||—||—||59||+15|
|All other comprehensives and moderns (2,907 schools)||—||37||—||—||—||—||—||—||48||+11|
|Class of 1996 (62 schools)||—||—||50||—||—||—||—||—||59||+9|
|All other comprehensives and moderns (2,845 schools)||—||—||38||—||—||—||—||—||48||+10|
|Class of 1997 (72 schools)||—||—||—||49||—||—||—||—||57||+8|
|All other comprehensives and moderns (2,773 schools)||—||—||—||39||—||—||—||—||48||+9|
|Class of 1998 (82 schools)||—||—||—||—||45||—||—||—||53||+8|
|All other comprehensive and moderns (2,691 schools)||—||—||—||—||42||—||—||—||47||+5|
|Class of 1999 (76 schools)||—||—||—||—||—||47||—||—||52||+5|
|All other comprehensive and moderns (2,615 schools)||—||—||—||—||—||44||—||—||47||+3|
|Class of 2000 (127 schools)||—||—||—||—||—||—||47||—||52||+5|
|All other comprehensive and moderns (2,488 schools)||—||—||—||—||—||—||44||—||47||+3|
|Class of 2001 (146 schools)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||46||49||+3|
|All other comprehensives and moderns (2,342 schools)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||45||47||+2|
|All 656 non-selective schools designated by September 2001||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||54||—|
|All non-specialist comprehensives and moderns (2,342)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||47||—|
1. Examination figures are taken from DfES national performance data and Ofsted PANDA Annex.
2. The results include those of the 15 City Technology Colleges.
3. The results exclude grammar schools and special schools.
"Educational outcomes and value added by specialist schools—2002 analysis" Professor David Jesson, April 2003.
|Table 3 provides the number of full-time teacher vacancies in maintained schools in Buckinghamshire.|
1 Full-time qualified regular teachers in the maintained schools sector.
2 Advertised vacancies for full-time permanent appointments (or appointments of at least one term's duration) in maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special schools. Includes vacancies being filled on a temporary basis.
3 Vacancies as a percentage of full-time qualified teachers in post.
4 2002 is the most recent data available.
Teacher numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
DfES annual 618G survey