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Head Teachers

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) head teachers and (b) deputy head teachers have taken early retirement in each of the past three years. (78574)

[holding answer 19 June 2006]: The information is not available in the format requested.

The following table provides the number of teachers in the leadership group, comprising head, deputy and assistant head teachers, who have retired early (defined as before the normal pension age of 60) on premature, actuarially reduced (ARB) or ill health grounds in each year from 2002-03 to 2004-05, the latest information available.

Early retirements1 of teachers in the leadership group by year and type of award in the local authority maintained sector

Premature

ARB

Ill-health

Total

2002-03

630

490

370

1,480

2003-04

570

720

370

1,660

2004-05

480

830

180

1,480

1 Includes only teachers awarded pension benefits under the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme. Note: Data are provisional. Source:Database of Teacher Records (DTR) and Pensioner Statistical System.