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Teachers: Sick Leave

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching staff have been on sick leave (a) in total and (b) as a result of stress-related illness in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (138974)

The following table gives information for teacher sickness absence including numbers in local authority maintained schools for calendar years 2000 to 2006.

The reasons teachers take sickness absence, including stress related illnesses are not collected centrally.

Table 13: Full-time and part-time teacher sickness absence1 in England, calendar years 2000 to 2006, LA maintained sector

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

20062

Percentage of teachers taking sickness absence3

55

55

57

57

55

55

57

Days sick per teacher3

5.4

5.4

5.3

5.4

5.3

5.2

5.3

Days sick per teacher taking sickness absence

9.9

10.0

9.3

9.6

9.5

9.3

9.3

Number of teachers taking sickness absence

273,300

279,200

293,400

298,100

292,800

300,700

309,000

Total days sickness absence taken

2,694,400

2,782,100

2,739,300

2,853,600

2,796,100

2,796,000

2,880,400

1 Provisional.

2 Includes estimated figures for those local authorities that did not provide complete data or provided potentially inaccurate data.

3 Based on an estimate of the number of teachers that have worked in the maintained sector during the calendar year.

Source:

618g survey