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Departmental Staff/Teacher Numbers

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage change in (a) his Department’s staff and (b) the number of teachers was in each year since 1997. (84258)

The information is set out in the following tables:

(a) Departmental staff

Year1

FTE staff numbers

Percentage change

1997

4,480

1998

4,500

+0.4

1999

4,560

+1.3

2000

4,970

+9

2001

5,430

+9.3

2002

4,820

-11.2

2003

5,020

+4.1

2004

5,130

+2.2

2005

4,550

-11.3

20062

4,166

-8.4

1 The numbers recorded are from April in each year. 2 At 1 July 2006

The information for 1997 to 2001 relates to the former Department for Education and Employment.

(b) Teachers

Year1

FTE teacher numbers (thousand)

Percentage change

1997

399.2

1998

397.7

-0.4

1999

401.2

+0.9

2000

404.6

+0.9

2001

410.2

+1.4

2002

419.6

+2.3

2003

423.6

+0.9

2004

427.7

+1.0

2005

431.9

+1.0

2006 (provisional)

435.4

+0.8

1 The numbers recorded are from January in each year.