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Teachers: Pay

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the average pay of (a) teachers and (b) principals in (i) academies and (ii) other maintained schools. (166047)

Information on the average pay of teachers is available from the Database of Teacher Records an administrative source used primarily for pension administration purposes. The average pay of teachers in Academy schools is, however, not currently available because the coverage and completeness of these data is not yet sufficient to create a meaningful average. The average pay of all full-time regular qualified classroom teachers, excluding leadership grades, in other maintained schools in England and Wales in March 2006 was £31,400. The average pay of principals and head teachers in these schools was £51,800. The overall average for all grades was £34,000. These figures are the latest available and are provisional estimates.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of average teacher pay relative to average (a) police pay, (b) nurse pay, (c) GP pay and (d) private sector pay in each year since 1992. (166620)

Estimates have not been calculated in this form. The Government provide evidence on teachers’ pay issues and related matters to the independent School Teachers Review Body (STRB) as it sees fit. The STRB takes a range of information into account when making recommendations on teachers’ pay, including factors identified in its statutory remit letter.